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More people die from the flu than previously estimated

More people die from the flu than previously estimated

According to the centers for disease control and prevention, more than 7-thousand cases of the flu have been confirmed- which is double compared to the numbers from a year ago.

"Now you are relying on the antibiotics as a solution to the Swine flu when we all know that anytime there is a swine flu the quick thing to do is to vaccinate...so that those who do not have the disease they will be prevented from getting it and those who have already had then you manage them".

According to the CDC, a year ago in 2016, only 41.6 percent of people in Louisiana got a flu vaccine.

Federal flu forecaster Dave Osthus at the Los Alamos National Laboratory told Business Insider that flu levels are looking a little higher than average for this time of year, but they're still within a normal range.

As the vaccine for this year's northern hemisphere flu season is the same, that could mean the season may be especially severe.

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.

Researchers used seasonal flu data to calculate influenza-related respiratory death rates for 33 countries, which together account for 57% of the world's population.

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It is not too late to get vaccinated and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available.

Most importantly, a flu shot won't ever give you the flu, since the virus that's injected is not live.

Fairfield Medical Center takes an aggressive stance about getting the word out regarding the importance of vaccinations, starting with providing flu information and an offer to administer the vaccination to every patient who is admitted to the center.

"Getting your annual flu vaccine is still your first and best line of defense against the influenza virus", said Dr. Rattay.

A study that looked at flu vaccine effectiveness in pregnant women found that vaccination reduced the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection by about one half. "With influenza activity on the rise, I encourage anyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones".

Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick. It excludes deaths during flu pandemics and from conditions exacerbated by the flu, such as heart disease.

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