Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Research finds flu shot lowers hospitalization risk for children

Research finds flu shot lowers hospitalization risk for children

The weekly FluView report notes that 9 states -Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington - along with Guam and Puerto Rico, reported regional influenza activity, which is up from 6 states and Guam the prior week.

Last flu season, DE had nearly 4,590 confirmed cases, fifteen were fatal.

Moab has seen an increase in influenza cases during the past week, according to a press release issued on Tuesday, Nov. 21 by Southeast Utah Health Department Health Officer Brady Bradford.

"Public health officials warn this could be a bad flu season", said Guest. "[The] general sense was that people that had received the flu shot already this year were handling the illness much better than those that had not yet received the shot. the two combined conversations were enough to make us think we ought to get some information out to the public so they could be aware of it as they gather this weekend".

A study released earlier this year by the CDC found that flu vaccination cuts a child's risk of dying from influenza in half for children with underlying health conditions, and by nearly two-thirds for healthy children. During the study period, 12.8% of specimens tested positive for influenza.

New Canadian research has found that children who have been vaccinated against influenza, also known as flu, are significantly less likely to end up in hospitals because of the virus.

Overall, fully vaccinated children aged two- to four-years-old saw their risk of hospitalisation due to influenza drop by 67% while those aged six to 23 months saw their risk drop by 48%. "This contributes to the evidence that this group should be receiving their seasonal vaccine annually to prevent such serious outcomes", study lead author Sarah Buchan said.

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