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Officials urge influenza vaccination as Colorado sees early uptick in hospitalizations

Mood May Influence How Well Flu Vaccine Works

Most school-age vaccines will be available for free including DTaP, Tdap, Meningococcal, Polio, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B and the influenza (flu) vaccine injection.

"Germs are spread very easily".

Medicaid, Medicare and most forms of insurance will be accepted for payment of the flu shot at all health department clinics.

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are starting to turn color, and yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched its annual influenza vaccine campaign, with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price rolling up his sleeve to get the shot on stage.

Since the 2013-14 flu season, the vaccination rate has remained around 59% among children under age 17 and around 43% among adults. "Get immunized against the flu".

Getting vaccinated also protects people around you. "It is critical to maintain the hightest level of vaccination coverage for older adults because they are disproportionally affected by flu".

The list of schools participating in this year's school-located flu vaccination program, Stop Flu at School, is available on the Hawaii Department of Health's website.

James said full immunity takes around two weeks to develop, so the sooner students get shots, the better. Another 140,000 to 710,000 have been hospitalized each year.

Among healthcare providers, uptake was 78.6%, similar to the previous season, with patterns consistently higher in hospital-based workers. The virus infects between 5 and 20 percent of the USA population, causing 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths per year on average.

The researchers behind the study were unable to definitively prove a good mood can actually strengthen a flu shot, and Rebecca Goldin, a professor of mathematical sciences at George Mason University, cautioned against reading too much into the findings.

Flu shots for Muskingum County residents are just $5 and $20 for those who live outside of the county. "We know that all kids are at risk for the flu and for complications of the flu".

The hospitalization rate last season for influenza was almost double that of the 2015-2016 season, officials said.

Stinchfield said vaccines reduced 51 percent of deaths in children with underlying conditions, and by 65 percent among healthy children, between 2010 and 2014.

Historically, more than 80 percent of children who died of influenza were not vaccinated. The goal was 70 percent, she added.

The CDC estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations in the United States have ranged from a low of 140,000 to a high of more than 700,000. They are encouraged to look up their child's record to see what vaccines they need prior to attending one of the clinics.