Stagnant flu vaccine rates worry U.S. health officials

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The participants also filled out a questionnaire about their mood the day they got the flu shot. Health care workers need to think of their patients and not run the risk of giving them influenza, Siegel said.

Among children age 6 months through 23 months, the vaccination rate was 76.3 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Influenza vaccination coverage across the entire USA population was 46.8 percent, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from the previous season.

A just-released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report estimate from the 2016-2017 influenza season showed mostly stagnant vaccination rates among all age groups, with small increases in those 50 and older. This seasons vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses. That's because data for the USA shows sprays aren't as reliable as vaccines administered with needles (sorry, kids).

For those with egg allergies, the CDC says people who have experienced only hives after exposure to eggs can get any licensed flu vaccine that is appropriate for their age and health.

For quadrivalent vaccines that contain two influenza B strains, World Health Organization experts recommend adding Brisbane/60/2008-like virus, a Victoria-lineage virus what was a component of trivalent versions of the Southern Hemisphere's current vaccine as well as the Northern Hemisphere's 2017-18 season vaccines.

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Fewer people died during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous year, but the hospitalization rate almost doubled from the previous year, according to the CDC.

Most recent viruses are antigenically similar to the cell-propagated version of Hong Kong vaccine virus from the previous season, but were less similar to the egg-propagated virus, according to results from ferret serum tests.

Free NHS flu vaccinations are also available to individuals with asthma, COPD or other long-term lung conditions, heart problems, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke or a transient ischaemic attack, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy, problems with your spleen e.g sickle cell disease or the removal of the spleen or are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above). "Our goal is to increase coverage for children of all ages". In most seasons, the higher hospitalization rates are among older adults 65 and older.

Investigators from the University of Nottingham said their study is the first to examine several psychological and behavioral factors that have been shown to affect how well vaccinations work.

Health Department officials recommend that the flu vaccine be administered annually for children and adults, especially those at high risk of complications.

For the 2017-2018 season, CDC recommends only the use of injectable influenza vaccines (flu shots), including inactivated influenza vaccines and recombinant influenza vaccines.