Deaths can fluctuate from flu season to flu season and it's not always clear why, said O'Brien.
Adults with chronic conditions need the flu vaccine because people with respiratory diseases like COPD, emphysema or asthma are seven times more likely to die if they catch flu, and people with cardiovascular problems like chronic heart disease or angina, or have had a stroke, are 11 times more likely to die. Every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has to choose the strain of the flu virus that would be put into the flu shot.
As CNBC reports, the CDC has some very important statistics for anyone thinking of skipping the flu shot. Ideally all should get their vaccines by the end of October, the federal health officials state.
The adjuvanted aTIV vaccine which PHE and the NHS are recommending this year for people aged 65 and over was licenced for use in this age group in September 2017.More news: Unai Emery reveals the truth behind relationship with Mesut Ozil
They said flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses (the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A (H3N2) component was updated). This renders the yearly vaccine ineffective against it.
This new flu shot targets flu strains of the influenza virus. But in the coming weeks everyone should start to have the vaccine. It's best to get the shot, odds are it will protect you better than not getting it.
Myth #5 - I never get the flu, I shouldn't bother getting the shot. While some people have naturally strong immune systems, that doesn't mean they're completely safe from the virus. Sometimes you might not get the flu because everyone around you has the flu shot, and so you haven't been exposed to it.
The Washington Post reported in February on the 36-percent success rate and said it dropped to 25 percent in the US against the "most virulent and predominant strain" known as H3N2.More news: "Monster" Hurricane Florence aims to drench Carolinas
It's impossible to predict how bad this year's flu season will be. Not everybody presents every symptom right away, and some people may become infected without realizing due to their relatively mild symptoms.
Fact #8 - the flu season typically begins in December and can last until May, that's a good six months where you may be at risk of contracting the flu.
Across the North West, hundreds of thousands of people aged over 65 are set to benefit from the improved vaccine, with 74.6% (972,761) of people in this age group taking up the offer of flu vaccine in the region last flu season.
The push is on to remind people to get their flu shot but a nurse says doctors are being pushed to do so for a vaccine that is not very effective. Washing and sanitizing your hands thoroughly is one of the most effective, particularly after touching doorknobs, faucets and any other commonly touched, communal objects.More news: WNBA Finals: Storm sweep Mystics to win third title