The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures that, overall, the flu vaccine is 36 percent effective at preventing disease. "People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures to prevent getting sick". Making a bad year worse, this year's flu vaccine is estimated to be only 25 percent effective against that type. The numbers were worse for H3N2. "Protection is higher against other strains included in the vaccine and can help flu illness be milder and shorter for those who still get sick".
"In severe seasons in the past over 700,000 people have been hospitalized and 56,000 people died from influenza". Recommendations vary depending on your age and disease, but people who are more vulnerable to a flu complication because of a pre-existing health problem may benefit from the added protection of the vaccine.
She said the doses of vaccine she still had on hand don't expire until May 31.
"The H3N2 strain is the one that is more problematic, because those particular strains cause more severe illnesses and you see more deaths associated with them", Morrow said. A study in Australia suggested the vaccine would be only about 10 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, and a preliminary study from Canada two weeks ago put that figure at 17 percent. Everybody else got no statistically significant benefit. That's no reason for health officials to celebrate yet: That level is among the highest in a decade.
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs.
"I've been postponing this for a while, but with the death of a student on Monday, I made a decision to bring my children today", parent Taisha Madero said in reference to the death of 6-year-old Delilah Lovelace, who attended Golden Hill School. H3N2 circulated among humans for the first time in 1968, so people born several years before that tend to have less effective immune responses to it than those born more recently. Each year, they're prepared for when flu season rolls around. What happened during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons could be an indication of how this one will go, the CDC said. Approximately 3,440 hospitalizations have been reported since flu season began.
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This year's flu had killed 63 children by February 3, the CDC said.
Of those who did have influenza, 43 percent had been vaccinated.
A new analysis of seasonal flu deaths in US children in the six seasons since the 2009 pandemic found that children ages 2 and younger are most at risk. But if you've stopped by the facility recently, the first thing you'd see is a sign saying "stop", warning all who aren't feeling well to stay away. New York City has reported more than 4,200 flu-positive respiratory samples as of week 4.
Mid-South emergency rooms are seeing an increase in the number of visits. The school absenteeism rate was above an average of the three highest flu seasons for the week but well below the peaks of previous seasons.
Flu season is still raging in the United States, yet already it ranks among the most hard in recent years. It also did a better job of protecting younger people.