Flu jab 2021: Where to get the cheapest flu vaccine this winter
FLU JABS are slowly starting to be rolled out again and as the UK Government pledges to vaccinate more people than ever before this year, where can you get a jab? And where can you get the cheapest flu vaccine? For anyone who isn't eligible for the NHS vaccine, but still wants to be protected against a nasty case of the flu, UK pharmacies are offering the jab to anyone who would like it, as long as it is medically suitable for them.Asda is offering the flu jab at their pharmacies in stores for just £8. A total of 255 Asda stores across the UK have a pharmacy service.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that the U.S. will experience a flu season this year.
Most states are reporting low or minimal flu activity and not very many cases have been reported to date.
During the 2020-21 season, there were very few infections reported in the country due to strict lockdowns, widespread mask-wearing, school and business closures and social distancing measures in place.
But with fewer children vaccinated against influenza compared to last year and outbreaks already seen on college campuses, federal officials told CNN that there will be a flu season, even if not as bad as past seasons.
How to book a flu jab: Who's eligible and where to get a flu jab in Edinburgh
The NHS is planning to vaccinate 35 million people against the flu this winter.As a result, a large-scale flu jab programme is being launched, encouraging more people than ever to get the vaccine if they are eligible.
'Overall flu activity is still really low. It's starting to creep up just a little bit,' Lynnette Brammer, lead of the CDC's Domestic Influenza Surveillance team, told CNN.
'That gives us the idea that flu season may be starting.'
According to the CDC, flu activity was 'unusually low' during the 2020-21 season.
Between late September and late May, just 0.2 percent - 1,675 - of more than 818,000 specimens came back positive.
When the typical flu season can infect as many 56,000,000 - this means that the number of infections was up to 33,000 times fewer than normal.
Local health departments and hospitals across the country reported similar instances.
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CDC Urges Flu Shots as Survey Shows Half of Americans Don't Plan on It
FRIDAY, Oct. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey showing that nearly half of U.S. adults are not likely to get a flu shot this season has prompted federal health officials to urge all Americans to get the flu vaccines. Even more troubling is that the poll of 1,110 respondents aged 18 and older also found that nearly 1 in 4 of those at high risk for flu-related complications said they don't intend to get a flu shot, The New York Times reported.Overall, 61% of respondents agreed that vaccination provides the best protection against the flu, but 44% said they either didn't intend to get a shot or were unsure whether they would get one.
At Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, researchers looked at data from Detroit Medical Center for the 2019-20 and the 2020-21 flu seasons.
They found that very single one of the 6,830 tests administered for adults, and the 1,441 for children came back negative for Influenza A and Influenza B during the 2020-21 flu season compared to as high as 20 percent during the 2019-20 season.
And, at Akron Children's Hospital, in Ohio, researchers examined data from children treated during the 2018-19, 2019-20 and the 2020-21 flu seasons.
They found that flu infections among kids were reduced by 99 percent during the most recent flu season compared to the one before.
However, there are clues that there will be a season this year.
According to the CDC's weekly influenza report, 0.7 percent of 38,685 specimens came back positive.
What's more, there have been outbreaks, including on campuses such as the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
How many people die from flu each year? Covid stats compared
FLU VACCINES are more important than ever this year with health officials warning the coming months will be the first winter Covid and the flu circulate fully at the same time. But how many people die from flu each year and how do Covid deaths compare?Health officials and NHS leaders have warned 60,000 could die this year from flu.
So far, 528 cases have reported including 313 the week of November 8 and 198 the previous week.
Flu vaccination rates also seem to be lagging this year despite the loosening of several Covid mitigation measures.
CNN reports that only 34 percent of children have been vaccinated against the flu compared to 40 percent at the same time last year.
At the University of Michigan, 77 percent of the students infected with the flu are unvaccinated, school officials say.
Brammer stressed the important of getting vaccinated against the flu.
'It was best to get vaccine in October. but a lot of people just didn't get around to it,' Brammer told CNN.
'If you haven't been vaccinated yet, you better get around to it now.'
Moderna's mRNA flu jab clears first hurdle but may not be beat others .
A new flu vaccine produced by UK/US based jab maker Moderna and using the same mRNA technology behind its Covid jab appears to work but not may not be better than existing jabs.There had been high expectations for the influenza vaccine which was put into production shortly after the biotech's immense success with its Covid jab.