Also the flu season started in earnest a year ago in November.
She thinks memories of last year's nasty flu season are still fresh, and everyone wants to get the most out of their shot.
"We lost 80,000 people previous year to the flu".
Last fall and winter, the US went through one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory.
CBS 2 asked Dr. Matthew Kipppenhan, the Central Region Medical Director for Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers in Chicago, about why last year's flu was so deadly and how to prevent getting sick this year. Even if you miss that deadline, it's still helpful to get vaccinated as the virus is known to hang around as late as May.
To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department.
How well the vaccines protect people depends on how closely they match the viruses that are ultimately in circulation.
Private manufacturers, which produce the vaccine, have projected needing between 163 million and 168 million doses of injectable vaccine for the USA market for the 2018-2019 flu season.
Overall, the effectiveness of the seasonal flu vaccine for last season was estimated to be 40%.
Although the vaccine can be imperfect, it is the best defense we have as we continue to make advancements in the field.
"They are the best protection against flu we have available", said Ann Thomas, M.D., public health physician at the OHA Public Health Division.
"There's a little bit of controversy now in the medical literature", Ashton said. The season peaked in early February and was mostly over by the end of March.
Fall may have just started, but that doesn't mean it isn't time to start thinking about getting your seasonal influenza vaccine.
Useful protection for the year has been shown in healthy adults in the 18 to 49 age range.
She said "kids are more likely to be immunized if their parents are" adding everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot, which is the recommendation of the CDC.
The 2017-2018 season was driven by a flu strain, known as the H3N2 virus, which tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths, particularly among young children and the elderly.
Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools.
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