#3 Researchers Close in on Permanent Flu Shot
Each year, thousands of people are infected with influenza during the flu season in the United States, and most years, hundreds die either from the flu itself or flu-associated illnesses such as pneumonia.
Although the CDC does not track adult flu deaths nationally, the National Center for Health Statistics and the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System process death certificate data to rank certain weeks of the year as “elevated” for flu-related deaths and also as above or below the “epidemic threshold.”
In the 2015-2016 flu season, there were a total of seven weeks in January and February that were deemed above the epidemic threshold. This could be due, in part, to relatively low levels of vaccination on a national level, with only about half of the US population electing to receive a flu vaccine on any given year, Ted M. Ross, PhD, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Infectious Disease and director of the Center for Vaccines and Immunology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, told Contagion®
. “If we could get to the point where we could get maybe 90% of the population protected, we would have so many more people protected against cocirculating strains,” he said.
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