Health Department urges flu shot

Health Department urges flu shot

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Haverhill Community Health Coordinator Mary Connolly, who ran Wednesday's flu clinic, said she received 180 doses of flu vaccine last September, and that she still had 120 viable doses left.

Schuchat said that the levels of people reporting influenza-like Illness, or ILI, are "around" what the USA experienced during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. This does not mean that it kept 36 percent of the people who got it from getting sick at all. However, new evidence shows another flu spike could be in the near future. That makes sense; having difficulty breathing at a "normal" time can be exacerbated when the flu strikes and lungs are damaged. A different CDC team looked at wider reports and found that only about a quarter of people showing up to the doctor's office with flu-like symptoms actually had influenza. "If 50 percent of the population were protected, one way or another, we could essentially prevent an influenza epidemic", he said.

It can be hard to measure flu deaths accurately, as the flu can lead to other lethal complications, but the CDC tracks child deaths to generally measure flu severity.

A new analysis of seasonal flu deaths in USA children in the six seasons since the 2009 pandemic found that children ages 2 and younger are most at risk. Hospitals in Fauquier and Prince William counties are reporting higher numbers of the illness compared to a year ago. That data will come later. The vaccine's effectiveness may have changed as it is measured at the end of the season.

H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year's flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.

Ultimately, scientists say the only real solution is a "universal" influenza vaccine that would not only protect against seasonal flu but also guard against a future pandemic.

Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Post that she is awaiting more information about the level of people affected.

"The strains that are circulating are the strains we predicted".

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"Everybody is encouraged to get the flu vaccine this season, even though the vaccine is not 100 percent effective", she said. Flu strains mutate every year. Some are stronger for older people with weaker immune systems and some are made using newer technology.

The CDC said the flu vaccine is usually more effective against type B viruses and H1N1 than it is against H3N2.

"Some protection is better than no protection at all".

It's not clear why the H3N2 component of the vaccine works so poorly. The risk of serious illness in the 6 months to 8 years age group was reduced by 59 percent among children who were infected with the H3N2 strain.

And experts say it's still worth getting a flu shot.

Residents are advised to contact their healthcare provider if they experience flu symptoms which include fever, chills, headache, sore throat, dry cough, and body aches. 63 children have died so far - 10 in the week of February 2nd alone.

"But particularly in light that we are seeing more pediatric influenza deaths, we really encourage parents to get their kids vaccinated", said Karen Martin, an epidemiologist at the Health Department.

Scully said the child was a student at Golden Hill Elementary School and said additional counseling staff were assigned to the school Tuesday morning and would be on call throughout the rest of the week. "Go get a flu shot", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.

"It gets worse. The death toll in future weeks is expected to grow even higher because flu activity is still rising - and the number of deaths follow the flu activity", Fortune reported.

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