Tonda Francis, vice president of Regional Coordination and Clinical Initiatives at the Health Collaborative, said the rate of employees who are terminated for refusing flu shots is low.
No other details have been released. That death reported in mid-November involved a child age four or younger.
Laura Spicer, Executive Director Valley Health, "Thousands of people get sick from the flu each year". Something we all want to avoid but remember even the shot takes time to take effect.
If you are experiencing those symptoms, call a doctor as soon as possible. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this unsafe and potentially deadly disease".
After a slow start in October, flu season in the United States is gaining speed, particularly in the South.
He encourages people age 65 and older to talk with their doctor about getting one of the vaccines created to give older people a better immune response, and therefore, better protection against flu.
Not everyone agrees that the flu shot is one of the best ways to protect families and prevent serious complications, including Dr. Erika Schwartz, an internist and founder of a medical practice in New York City that focuses on wellness and disease prevention.
The flu vaccine is recommended for just about everyone 6 months of age and older, but pregnant women, the elderly and people with chronic illness are especially vulnerable to the illness.
Families Fighting Flu announces the availability of a new video series on the importance of annual flu vaccination for seniors.
Still, "I believe it's worth getting the vaccine", Siegel said.
Being vaccinated better protects not only the individual, but also everyone around them.
Each year, hundreds of thousands Americans are hospitalized for flu and thousands die, according to the CDC.
It's too early to tell if H3N2 will continue to be the predominant strain or whether H1N1 will surpass it, Brammer said.
It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine.
After receiving vaccine donations from civic organizations, the CDC on Friday last week announced the plan to administer government-funded vaccines to infants born after January 1 who are older than 12 months after January 1 next year.