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Statistics released from the Washoe County Health District 2017-18 Influenza Surveillance Report show that out of 5,521 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases in Washoe County last flu season, 542 (10%) people were hospitalized (88 in ICU), and 26 people died. "We did have one week past year where 46 people (in Wisconsin) died from the flu in one week".

As CDC officials point out, not only was last year's flu strain particularly severe, the vaccine against it was only 40 percent effective.

The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu each year. Rarely, people who receive the flu shot experience muscle pain, a slight fever, and feelings of weakness or discomfort. "Don't wait - get the vaccine for protection now".

For more information: You can find more information about protecting yourself and your family from the flu at the websites for the MDH and the CDC. Young children are at high risk of serious flu complications due to their age, and a potential drop in coverage in this age group is concerning. When that was going around, it affected more healthy people than your normal older or younger groups. Despite the heavy health toll of last-year's flu season vaccination rates that year decreased across most age groups and populations.

Other flu-related deaths can also occur some time after the person contracts an acute case of the flu, and subsequently suffers from a secondary co-infection, such as pneumonia, or the aggravation of an existing severe health problem. The sooner you get vaccinated the better. Healthcare workers in long-term care settings, such as nursing homes, had vaccination rates of only 67.4 percent.

If you're looking to get a vaccination, the Department of Public Health is offering a walk-in clinic weekdays at their office at Mohawk Square, and are offering extended hours on a limited basis, as well as various community clinics through the month of October. Businesses can also arrange for the hospital to come and host a flu shot clinic for employees. When tissues are not readily available, cough into a sleeve, not hands.

The influenza vaccine lessens the severity of flu and reduces the risk of complications.

There are two versions of the standard vaccine to consumers this year.

About 80 percent of the 180 children who died past year from flu-related complications had not been vaccinated against the illness. Neither type of vaccination can infect you with the flu.

Additionally, the nation experienced a record-breaking estimated 900,000 hospitalizations last flu season.