Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

3 more child deaths from flu reported in Minnesota

3 more child deaths from flu reported in Minnesota

In a typical season, vaccines prevent 40% to 60% of flu cases serious enough to send people to doctors' offices.

Effectiveness was rated at 67 percent for H1N1 and 42 percent for influenza B strains. If you get flu symptoms, in most cases you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

According to the report, the CDC will continue to investigate the vaccine's effectiveness throughout the rest of the season.

The hospital paired flu patients in double rooms and used beds in specialty areas of the hospitals to accommodate the overload, Dr. Valenti said.

This season's aggressive strain of the flu virus has already claimed several lives in Alabama. This year, all the strains are known, even expected.

Since the beginning of flu season on October 1, the county has seen 4,810 cases.

Although the vaccine may not stop the flu, it will bolster the body's immune response against the virus, tempering its effects. "So, while we may be seeing increases in respiratory illnesses in the state, they are not necessarily from influenza". "That's higher than we typically see for H3N2", Belongia tells The Washington Post.

Children's vulnerability is of special concern this season.

DPH says a 47-year-old female from New Castle County died, but records indicate she had not recieved a flu vaccine this season.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 831 new cases for the week ending February 10, down from the 876 new cases the previous week, but still the second-highest number of new cases for the 2017-18 flu season, which runs from October through May. It worked best for young children, aged 6 months to 8 years, where it was 59 percent effective.

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Delaware's Division of Public Health has confirmed the eleventh influenza-related death, but this is the only death due to the flu epidemic without previous underlying health conditions.

Receiving a vaccination is key to decreasing the rate of infection, thereby giving researchers the time to develop effective antiviral therapies to treat those who are more vulnerable.

Adults who get the flu shot this year are 36 percent less likely to get the illness, federal scientists said Thursday, imploring Americans to get vaccinated even though it is late in a "scary" flu season.

Scully also reminded parents that free flu vaccines are available for children. He said he, his wife and two children have all been vaccinated. So why does this season's flu seem more ruthless than others?

It's not clear why the H3N2 component of the vaccine works so poorly.

The CDC anticipates weeks of flu activity to come.

Most illnesses this winter have been caused by a nasty kind of flu called Type A H3N2.

"The way we make vaccines can cause changes in the strain and there was to the H3N2". Manufacturers grow flu viruses in chicken eggs.

The CDC says 1 in 13 doctor visits last week was for flu symptoms. Gottlieb said scientists at the FDA, CDC and National Institutes of Health are trying to understand why. And it was 42 percent effective against Type B flu viruses.

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