Last winter's flu season was even more deadly than you can imagine

Desiree Burns
October 19, 2018

Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital surveyed 700 people nationally.

While reactions to the flu shot may include a low-grade fever or muscle aches, the vaccine can not cause the flu virus.

"The shot this year should work well if it matches the predicted strains", she said. The shot is either made with a virus that has been "killed" or "inactivated" or made with "only a single gene from a flu virus (as opposed to the full virus) in order to produce an immune response without causing infection", the CDC says.

About 900,000 people had to be hospitalized last flu season and 183 children died from the flu. Doctors can report statistics and offer a broad glimpse at how bad the flu season is - and past year those warnings came swift, with cases piling up rapidly - but it's hard to nail down an exact number. "We lost 80,000 people past year to the flu".

If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible.

The vaccine can take time to begin working.

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While there are many misconceptions about the flu vaccine, "the most common one we hear is that it gives people the flu", Lin said.

However, doctors admit that you can still get flu even if you have been vaccinated. This figure, as reported by the Associated Press, comes from Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it's the latest overall estimate that really puts the most recent flu epidemic in proportion.

"Not only are you preventing influenza in the child, you're preventing influenza in their grandparent or any other family member that may be sick or more susceptible to influenza", Huffer says.

If your child can not have a vaccine, the flu mist is back this year. People should know that it contains live viruses.

"Every year we have pediatric deaths from influenza, which may have been preventable if they had gotten vaccinated", Bess says.

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