Most US adults haven't gotten a flu shot this season

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On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced that six people have died from the flu since September 1.

Statewide, at least 37 people have been hospitalized with influenza so far this season, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which is down considerably from previous year when there were at least 210 hospitalizations about this time.

Pediatric deaths occur in people younger than 18.

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The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses (ILI) is 2.2%, the same as the national baseline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) FluView report for the week ending Dec 1.

"It's nicer to get it done a little earlier in the season so that you're protected a little earlier, but it is absolutely not too late to get it". Brownwood-Brown County Health Department encourages Brown County residents who have not yet been vaccinated for the flu to get vaccinated now. Free flu shots being offered in Hillsborough County ends on Friday, December 7. This is also a good time to slay a myth that has lived for too long: You can not get the flu from the flu shot. But last year's season ended up one of most severe on record, health officials have said.

Flu season generally begins in the fall and lasts through March. Among children, effectiveness rates were higher: Children who got the shot were 59% seek medical care for the virus, the CDC reported this year. To be given first priority are those in certain medical risk groups, including pregnant woman and adults and children older than six months who have diseases or other medical conditions that would increase their risk of developing a severe influenza infection.

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"Pneumonia is certainly one that can be very serious for adults", Borgen said.

Christa Mitchell from Central Kentucky says she spent 49 days in the hospital after contracting the flu the day after Christmas. We can join together to fight flu and drastically reduce the toll of illness, hospitalization and death.

Influenza A is the type of flu virus confirmed in the region, for which infants are most at risk to contract. And do it with confidence - the vaccine is safe, you can't get flu from the vaccine. I also share that there are many other precautions in stopping the spread of the flu and other illnesses, including good washing, cough etiquette, and staying home when you are sick.

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