2016-17 FLU SEASON UPDATES & INFORMATION
INFLUENZA-RELATED DEATHS IN KITSAP COUNTY FOR 2016-17 FLU SEASON
|Age Range||Vaccinated for 2016-17 flu season||Type of flu||Underlying medical condition||Month of death|
|1||90s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Dec. 2016|
|2||70s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Dec. 2016|
|3||60s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|4||80s||NO RECORD OF VACCINATION||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|5||60s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|6||90s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|7||90s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|8||90s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|9||90s||UNKNOWN||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|10||90s||NO||Influenza A||YES||Jan. 2017|
|11||70s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Feb. 2017|
|12||70s||UNKNOWN||Influenza A||YES||Feb. 2017|
|13||80s||YES||Influenza A||YES||Feb. 2017|
INFLUENZA DEATHS & LTC FACILITY OUTBREAKS
|Flu Season||Long-term care (LTC) facility outbreaks||Flu-related deaths|
Getting the flu vaccination is important
Getting an annual flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
The influenza virus is easily spread from person to person and flu is a very serious illness. Millions of people get sick—and thousands die— from flu illness each and every year. Flu vaccine is the best protection we have and has been used safely and effectively for over 70 years.
Nasal sprays not recommended for 2016-17 flu season
The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), commonly referred to as nasal spray flu vaccine, is not recommended for use for any ages during the 2016-2017 flu season.
Recent studies show that nasal spray vaccine doesn't provide adequate protection against flu disease and illness.
Flu vaccinations are recommended every year
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older get the flu vaccine every year. Viruses can change every year. Flu vaccine is updated to include protection against the strains of flu believed most likely to make people sick that year.
Below is a resource to find flu clinics near you.
The Kitsap Public Health District provides a weekly report in which we report the level of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity in Kitsap County, as well as influenza-like illness (ILI) visits to local medical providers and at emergency rooms. If you wish to receive this report via email or receive a text message notification when it is issued each week, please visit www.kitsappublichealth.org/subscribe.