Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Despite several deaths, flu season still not at its peak

Despite several deaths, flu season still not at its peak

Although some media sources have reported that the flu vaccination for this year is not very effective, according to Centers for Disease Control sources, it is 30 to 40 percent effective this year. The announcement follows Governor Cuomo's declaration of a public health emergency in NY.

Loeb said it's challenging to pinpoint how effective the flu shot is in preventing the flu because it depends on what strain is being discussed.

A new analysis of seasonal flu deaths in U.S. children in the six seasons that followed the 2009 H1N1 pandemic reveals that children ages 2 and younger are most at risk, and of children who died, less than a third had been vaccinated against the disease. The egg protein in the vaccine isn't enough to set off allergic reactions in most people. He cited pharmacy-based immunizations and a MA program where every patient is offered a flu shot at hospital discharge.

No! It's not too late for anyone who can get the vaccine to do so, whether it's the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV).

If you had the flu already this year and think you have paid your could still get it again.

Flu shots are available for residents who are age two and older at local pharmacies and for everyone age six months and older at pediatricians' and healthcare providers' offices.

It's not too late for people to get the flu shot, officials said. However, even if there is a "bad" match, the vaccine can still provide some protection. So far, the number of child fatalities associated with the illness has climbed to over 60. Schuchat said they are also seeing an increasing proportion of B viruses circulating as well as a smaller rise in the proportion of H1N1 viruses.

Eight people between ages 51 - 64 have died, as well as seven between ages 18 -51. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

Most people who feel sick won't need to see a doctor, she noted.

"Even when it's not flawless, the flu vaccine still offers a level of protection", Loeb said. If you or someone you know starts to experience flu-like symptoms, Malas encourages anyone to reach out to the Brickley Center. Student Health Services is projected to run out of its allotment, plus additional borrowed vaccine from Emory Healthcare, within the next one to two days, he says. "The vaccine contains enough proteins from the shell of weakened virus, and therefore, non-infectious, to trigger an immune response", Dr. Lopez explains.

Flu symptoms can be similar to a less-serious illness like the common cold, ranging from a sore throat and runny nose to vomiting, body aches, fevers, cough and extreme tiredness.

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