Flu Vaccines are More Effective than Ever
In a report published last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the 2018-2019 flu vaccine was 47% effective against the influenza virus. This efficacy rate has increased from the previous two flu seasons, when the vaccine was reportedly 40% effective.
By mid-January this year, the CDC reported that between 6 million and 7 million people had been sick with the flu, with half of those cases seeking medical attention for their symptoms.
For the first time ever, the CDC has been providing statistics during the current flu season through their weekly publication: Flu View. Currently, the CDC reports that influenza activity has decreased but remains elevated in the United States, as cases have been more commonly identified since February 2019. The highest rates of hospitalization related to flu are among the senior population, aged 65 and older.
According to a study published by the CDC in 2018, during the 2016-2017 flu season, the flu vaccine prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits related to influenza and over 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations.
The CDC continues to encourage immunization against the flu, as the flu season can last until May. It is never too late to get your flu shot, to protect you and your family. Contact Midland Health for your free quote today, and to arrange your on-site flu clinic.