Dr.Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimated that around 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter making it the highest death toll in at least decades. In the past years flu-related deaths have soared between 12,000 to 56,000 according to Centers for Disease Control.
In recent years the Center for Disease control reported that the average flu-related death rate ranged between 12,000 to 56,000
This kind of flu that occurred in the last fall affects young children and elderly people and is so strong that it puts people in hospital or causes death. The flu vaccine wasn’t very effective this year but experts still suggest on getting the vaccination as it can reduce the severity of the illness if you do contract it.
“I’d like to see more people get vaccinated”, “We lost 80,000 people last year to the flu.” Dr.Robert Redfield said.
Center For disease control doesn’t have the actual number of people who contracted flu as many cases aren’t reported and death from flu isn’t listed on a death certificate. So 80,000 people is a statistic estimate and the number of people affected can rise up because this type of flu causes pneumonia, heart attack and stroke.
The number of cases they have had as of this year is almost as similar to the flu season in the winter of 1976-77, though last flu season isn’t the worst on record in 1918 there was a flu pandemic that lasted two years and resulted in killing more than 500,000 Americans.
Health officials will be holding a media event in Washington on Wednesday to ” stress the importance of vaccinations and how they will protect against the flu that circulates this upcoming winter”.
The vaccine has be re-formulated to better protect against the expected strain – Dr.Daniel Jernigan, flu expert at the Center for Disease Control said.