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USA: Lowest Flu Vaccination Rate In Years May Have Contributed To Deaths

26 Oct, 2018
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ontributed to last year’s deadly flu season, but that there were also a lot of other factors involved.

The CDC says a lower rate of vaccination may have contributed to last winter’s flu season — the deadliest season since the 1970s.

According to a report published Thursday, the 2017-2018 flu season saw the lowest vaccination rates in close to a decade, with roughly 37 percent of Americans 18 and up getting the vaccine.

As Newsy previously reported, some 80,000 adults in the U.S. died from the flu and related complications in the last flu season, as well as 183 children — the highest pediatric mortality in more than a decade.

But it’s important to note there are several other factors involved in flu-related deaths aside from the vaccination rate. Last year’s strain of the flu was particularly resistant to the flu vaccine

 
 
 
This entry was posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018 at 11:32 pm and is filed under Latest News.

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