Professor Kavita Vedhara, from the University's Division of Primary Care, said, "Vaccinations are an incredibly effective way of reducing the likelihood of catching infectious diseases".
"That an extra two million Australians were likely to have a flu vaccination this year due to their availability through community pharmacy points to the success of the scheme, and the need to extend it further next year".
"A lot of kids, when they're sick, they come to school anyway because they'll have a test or something that day", said Goggins.
The CDC recommends that individuals considered to be of "high risk" like young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Price, who received his flu shot at the press conference, said the vaccine can prevent serious health challenges including hospitalization.
"Germs are spread very easily".
Physicians were the most likely to receive the flu vaccine, at 95.8% participation.
Vaccination rates for the age group 50 to 64 rose by 1.8 percentage points (45.4 percent vaccinated) and by 1.8 percentage points for Americans aged 50 to 64 (45.4 percent) and by 1.9 percentage points for those aged 65 and older (65.3 percent).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that flu season is upon us.
FluMist, a less painful nasal spray vaccine, once was popular with children. The flu vaccine is especially important for children who share items and surfaces in schools and daycare facilities. "We just have to wait and see how things play out here". "Today, I am leading by example and getting vaccinated against flu. And actually, the number one way that people die when they get the flu, is a secondary bacterial infection in their lungs, they get a bad bacterial pneumonia".
The CDC noted that there were decreases in vaccination rates for older adults during the 2015 to 2016 flu season, a trend that is reversing itself.
SCHR recommends the flu shot for people at a high risk for influenza and influenza-related complications, including hospitalization.
Among healthcare providers, uptake was 78.6%, similar to the previous season, with patterns consistently higher in hospital-based workers. Flu shots are a preventive care benefit for both children and adults covered under the Affordable Care Act and for most people the immunization will be free.
"As a pediatric nurse practitioner I often hear parents say "Oh, it's just the flu", Stintchfield said". Seasonal influenza vaccines are created to protect against the three or four strains that research indicates will be most common in a given year, according to the CDC. Typically, a vaccine strain of the flu is about a 40 to 60 percent genetic match to the virus it's supposed to provide immunity for.
Among children, ages 6 months to 17 years old, 59 percent were vaccinated nationally compared to 55.7 percent in MI.