Flu season is here. Reportedly most medical facilities and drug stores have received their supply of flu vaccine for the 2018-2019 season.
The Centers for Disease Control have stated that “Everyone 6 months and older is recommended for annual flu vaccination with rare exception”. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm
The most common complications from flu are viral or bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, ear infections and sinus infections, especially in children.
The flu can worsen long-term medical conditions, like congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-complications#1
In 2016 in Lake County Florida, there were 40 flu related deaths per 100,000 people and in 2017, there were 47. In 2017, our neighboring counties had an increased amount, with 44 for Marion, 132 for Volusia, 61 for Seminole, 122 for Orange, and 170 for Polk. The only one with less was Sumter County, at 27. http://www.flhealthcharts.com/charts/DataViewer/DeathViewer/DeathViewer.aspx?indNumber=0125
In 2017, the State of Florida had a total of 3,040 flu related deaths, which is a rate of about 9.8 per 100,000 people.