Free flu shots offered to uninsured adults in Sedgwick County

Lydia Fleming
December 17, 2017

According to Missouri health officials, as of November 25 there were 1,545 cases of the flu reported to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, compared to 379 cases reported during the same time a year ago, when the 2016-2017 season saw more than 70,000 confirmed influenza cases in Missouri. "February is usually the peak season for numbers to grow".

The CDC said between 291,000 and 646,000 people die from seasonal flu-linked respiratory illnesses.

Based on these new estimates, adults over age 75 and people living in parts of sub-Saharan Africa are most at-risk of dying from the flu, the study said, and people living in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia also face a high risk.

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As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, USA health officials said on Wednesday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll. Also, it's not too late to get a flu shot.

"And we want to do everything we can to prevent that from happening", he said.

Last week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made an urgent plea for better vaccines in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying "longer-term, transformative vaccine approaches are needed to minimise influenza-related morbidity and mortality". Common symptoms include cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever and chills, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

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"Pregnant women and their young infants are at high risk for serious complications from the flu", said Dr. Clint Koenig, medical director of the Ohio Department of Health.

The CDC also recommends the injectable flu shot over the nasal spray vaccine because it has proven to be more effective. "So if you need to be out and about running errands and meeting up with friends and family, it's wise to protect yourself-and them-as best you can". "Statistical modeling with those results was used to generate an estimate of the number of flu-associated respiratory deaths for 185 countries across the world", according to the official press release. So mention this to your doctor when you go for your vaccine!

Further surveillance and laboratory studies of other diseases, which can be influenza-related, are expected to yield substantially higher estimates over the next few years.

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