The flu kills up to approximately 36,000 people each year, but less than half of the population gets an annual flu shot. That’s something the CDC wants to change.
“Flu hit young and middle-aged adults hard last year and just over 100 children died,”...
Ninety percent of the children who died did not receive flu shot, according to the CDC’s Director Dr. Tom Frieden.
The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu shot.
The CDC is also recommending that children ages 2 to 8 receive the nasal spray vaccine this year, as new evidence suggests this method is more effective for this age group, according to USA Today. Last year, just 55 percent of children ages 5 to 17 got vaccinated.[emphasis mine]