Officials urge influenza vaccination as Colorado sees early uptick in hospitalizations

Price took no questions at the news conference. He rolled down his sleeve and hurried out of the room before putting his suit jacket back on. He said he is waiting for the outcome of an HHS inspector general review.


Fewer people died during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous year, but the hospitalization rate almost doubled from the previous year, according to the CDC.

“The flu season looks like it’s hitting early but we don’t know what it will be like yet”. Neuzil noted that although vaccination rates among older adults have declined in previous years, the rates appeared to level off last year.

“We’ve got a lot of room for improvement”, Price said.

The CDC recommends that people get their flu shot by the end of October. An influenza vaccine will protect you from getting the flu and prevent you from passing this serious illness to our most vulnerable residents. And the shots are free for anyone with health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and they’re available at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies and even many schools and businesses.

On Thursday, September 14, the Health Center issued an email to all students informing them of “a longer than expected wait time for appointments”.

Roughly 105 children died a year ago of the flu, and flu related hospitalizations have almost quadrupled – from 7,000 to 26,000 – since 2010. “Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease”.

Published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, researchers analyzed 138 people aged 65 to 85 for a study and tracked their mood, diet, exercise and sleep patterns in the six weeks before they got a flu shot.

To be protected from the flu, the health department recommends that everyone get a dose of flu vaccine.

Australia reported 93,711 laboratory-confirmed flu illnesses on August 18, which is about 2.5-times the average number of flu illnesses.

Flu season normally starts in early fall and runs through March or April, or “sometimes later”, Solaro said. The most troubling news is that influenza A (H3N2) viruses were most common in Australia. Small clusters of the virus are already showing up in the U.S.

It’s safe to guess that most people don’t enjoy getting jabbed. That could suggest another H3N2 season, or it may not. Infected people can spread the virus to others as far ahead as 24 hours before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming ill.

FluMist, a less painful nasal spray vaccine, once was popular with children.

However, a spokeswoman for Health Protection Scotland said there was no cause for alarm.

To help older individuals avoid the flu, Penn Highlands Community Nurses are offering flu shot clinics at all Centers for Active Living and Houtzdale Family Service Center.

Price was joined by Patricia A. Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse and director of infection prevention and control at Children’s Minnesota, a pediatric health system, who said 105,000 USA children died of influenza a year ago. Businesses, industries, agencies or other large groups can call (276) 781-7450 or (276) 759-8297 to ask about a mobile vaccination clinic at your worksite or other location. “And health care professionals actually have needle phobia just like the general population does”.


Stinchfield’s advice? Breathe through the mouth, let your arm hang limp like a “spaghetti noodle” and then “imagine your favorite place in the whole wide world”.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price left receives a flu vaccination from Sharon Walsh-Bonadies RN. right during a news conference recommending everyone age six months an older be vaccinated against influenza each year Thursday Sept. 28 2