Monday, 1 October 2018

Over 80,000 Americans Died of Flu Last

Americans Died of Flu Last

Over 80,000 Americans Died of Flu Last Winter, Highest Toll in Years

Summary: According to a report from U.S. federal health officials released last week of September 2018 quite 80,000 Americans died of flu during the 2017-2018 flu season.

supported an opportunity down by age 90% were over the age of 65. One hundred and eighty of the deaths occurred among children and adolescents. The mortality rate was the highest in more than a decade.

Experts urge Americans to get vaccinated and explained that flu shots don't cause the flu.

Suggested prompts for discussion:

1. One of the points made was that the high mortality rate was unusual since the the causative agent was an existing flu strain, not a new pandemic strain.

1. Why is it important to know what strain of influenza is associated with a flu season?

2. What are the concerns related to the emergence of a new pandemic strain?
2. There are a number of myths out there related to the flu vaccine.
1. Why do experts state that the flu vaccine does not cause the flu? Include an examination of the cycle of transmission related to the flu.

2. What other myths are associated with the flu vaccine and how would you as a health care provider counter those myths with a person you are caring for especially someone at high risk for adverse outcomes associated with the flu?

3. Ninety percent of the deaths occurred in those over the age of 65.
1. Why are the elderly at greater risk for flu-related mortality?
2. Last year’s vaccine was 40% effective. Why is it still important to vaccinate?
3. If it is the elderly who are at greatest risk why should others be vaccinated and what role does herd immunity play?

4. Infectious disease experts have advocated for a universal flu vaccine.
1. What is a universal flu vaccine and how does it differ from current vaccines?
2. Why would it be a better public health approach?
3. What are the barriers to implementing a universal vaccine approach?

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