Current Flu Epidemic
This year’s flu epidemic is especially severe, with 29 children dying nationwide so far from flu complications, and hospitalizations increasing sharply for people over 65 with the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a typical year, some 200,000 Americans will be hospitalized with the flu, and as many as 40,000 will die from its complications — principally pneumonia — according to the CDC.
Yet only 37 percent of Americans had received the flu vaccine by early this year. So why don’t more people get vaccinated? (more…)