Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Health Department offers free flu shots as season worsens

Health Department offers free flu shots as season worsens

Free flu vaccine is still available at all TDH public health clinics, and all Tennesseans are urged to get vaccinated.

Arguably the biggest reason that Americans don't seem to take the flu vaccine seriously is that it simply doesn't live up to our expectations for what a vaccine is, and how it should work, said Dr. This year, initial estimates had suggested that the vaccine may be just 10 percent to 17 percent effective against H3N2, this season's most common strain.

This week's Oklahoma flu report indicates record-breaking numbers with 3,440 flu-associated hospitalizations and 153 deaths.

Kentucky health officials say the flu epidemic is once again showing signs of increased activity, as 30 have died in one week from the virus. The hospitals have enacted visitor restrictions for children ages 12 and younger.

"I mean, I was in critical care for a month and in a medically induced coma and on all three life support machines", she said.

The death investigation is still in early stages, he said. According to the latest flu report released on Friday, 195 Hoosiers have died this season. Over 1,800 Oklahomans over the age of 65 and over 400 under the age of 18 have been hospitalized due to medical complications from the flu. This is up from the 660 lab-confirmed cases reported in the previous week.

Stephanie Berger, a junior, said she received the flu shot back in the fall, but she still became ill. Those are the highest flu numbers since the department began tracking influenza rates.

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