The Centers for Disease Control are warning Americans that anyone who has not gotten a flu shot this year needs to get one immediately. The CDC issued out serious calls for flu shots on Thursday afternoon, stating that the flu this year is turning out to be very deadly and the season still has weeks or maybe months to go until it is over.
One of the CDC directors stated that vaccination is the main thing a person can do to protect himself or herself from getting sick. Influenza is able to make anyone extremely sick, very fast and it is able to kill easily. The CDC wants everyone to have a flu shot including pregnant women. They are only excusing babies under the age of six months. The flu can kill a healthy child in only three short days, the CDC had warned the public back in October of 2013 in a copy of the journal Pediatrics.
This year’s principal flu threat is from the H1N1 virus, which is also called the swine flu. It is a particularly dangerous strain of the virus which created a worldwide pandemic back in 2009. But what is even more troublesome are the individuals who are becoming ill. It is not the aging and ailing, as one would think. It is instead people who were between the ages of 19 and 65, stated CDC reports that came out on Thursday in the report Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. What is even more frightening is that over 60 percent of flu deaths have been among individuals between the ages of 25 and 65.
This is a major change from prior flu seasons, where adults under the age of 64 only made up about 40 percent of those who were sick enough to be put in the hospital. Regrettably, this population crowd are the ones that are the least to go take flu vaccinations, officials say, prompting their strongly worded public call for vaccination.
The majority of people recall H1N1 from the flu pandemic back in 2009, when the swine flu swept over the country. During that season, the most serious infection mostly happened to children and adults that were under the age of 25, which lead the CDC to determine that older individuals probably had developed flu antibodies.
CDC information ranged from September of 2013 to February of 2014 listed over 570 deaths related to the flu, and out of those, over 350, or over 60 percent ranged in age from 25 to 65. CDC representatives have stated concern that an amount of the problem could be that flu vaccination rates among adults are considerably lower than what is given in children and aging individuals. Most of the people that became ill or died from H1N1 this year already had some sort of health problem, such as obesity or heart disease.
Once a person receives a flu shot, he or she must stay alert. Be aware of flu symptoms which appear to be getting worse or never going away, especially if the individual suffers from other risk factors, such as having a weakened immune system or being overweight.
There are some people who receive the vaccination who will still become sick. That is when the second line of defense against influenza needs to be used. See a doctor and receive antiviral drugs in order to help cure the flu illness. People who have a high possibility of complications should get treatment if they come down with any type of flu-like sicknesses. The Centers for Disease Control are reminding people that if anyone has not yet gotten a flu shot this year, to get one immediately.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Washington Post