The Oklahoma State Health Department reported the first two deaths from the flu this week in the season. Twenty-four Spokane County residents have been hospitalized with flu this season, compared to nine admissions during the same period a year ago. Across the globe, there are an estimated 3 million to 5 million severe flu cases each year and about 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Its figures also show that from 2010-2014, annual flu related deaths ranged from a low of 12,000 during the 2011-2012 season, to a high of 56,000 during 2012-2013.
Scherer announced the vaccine clinics as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, which starts on December 3.
And this year, experts say the flu virus might end up being more intense than it has been in the past and the flu vaccine might not be as strong as expected.
Tis the season - the flu season.
Elizabeth Scott and her son, Anderson, get a flu shot every year, but she knows that it's not always helpful. The vaccine greatly reduces the chances of contracting the virus and, if contracted, may make the symptoms milder. Scientists manipulate these home-grown viruses to make them benign, or create a chemical lookalike, which-in the form of a vaccine-gives our immune systems a head start to prepare itself for future microbial invaders.
Now doctors say it doesn't matter whether or not you got your flu shot last year, you're going to have to come back for another vaccination because this year's flu is different. Getting vaccinated may also help protect people around you who have a greater risk of serious illness, such as elderly people, patients with chronic conditions, pregnant women and young children.
MYTH 4: Everyone receives the same type of flu shot.
The upcoming flu season is approaching and it may be severe in the United States, according to medical experts. Even though our vaccine is the same as Australia's, it's still recommended to get a flu shot.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
"Just because it was the predominant strain in Australia six months ago doesn't mean it will be the predominant strain here", Dr. Charles Bregier, with Novant Health, said.