Doctors say this years flu shot is only 10 percent effective

Doctors say this years flu shot is only 10 percent effective

Flu deaths double (Picture: Metro.co.uk/MylesGoode)What is Australian flu?

During the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update of the influenza situation in the United States to date on Friday, the issue of vaccines was a major topic.

There were four deaths statewide during the same weekly period in 2017, but 14 total deaths through January 14, 2017.

Peak flu season is beginning to hit early. The recording period ends in May. "While it's not 100 percent, it is still effective for a significant proportion of the population", said Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer at the Illiniois Department of Public Health.

- This year's flu season is a brutal one and now more than a dozen hospitals are taking steps to protect patients.

Second, the vaccine. This year's vaccine was only 10 percent effective against the problematic H3N2 strain in Australia. "We call that an antigenic drift". Unfortunately, that's about on par for the flu shot's H3N2 component, which is the weak link of flu vaccine. "The flu season typically runs until late spring, so it's not too late to get vaccinated".

"We've got to get away from cultivating vaccine in eggs and expand the use of tissue cultures, but only one manufacturer has made that investment right now", he said. It's said to be less serious than Aussie flu, with complications being less common, but it's more contagious.

- All visitors are asked to stop at the nursing station before entering a patient's room.

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"These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority", says Joe Bresee, M.D., associate director for global health in CDC's Influenza Division and a study co-author. They don't have enough beds, and some are being treated in hallways.

The level of influenza activity is "in the higher range of expected levels for this time of year", the agency said in its latest Flu Watch report. Tolland County reported 38 cases of flu, while Windham saw 13.

Dr. Ann Jackson, superintendent of Jasper City Schools, reported on Friday that 20 students from Jasper High School and Jasper Junior High School were out this week with the flu, along with 15 students at T.R. Simmons and six at Memorial Park Elementary School.

According to the CDC, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. Around 90 people died of flu in Ireland previous year.

Meanwhile bird flu was confirmed in 17 wild birds in Dorset yesterday although the Government said the risk to people's health is "very low".

Through Jan. 6, ME had reported 768 cases of people who had tested positive for flu, nearly all for H3N2, a virulent strain of influenza A more likely to result in hospitalization.

Basic measures such as washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, and coughing into sleeves or tissues can help stem the flu from spreading further.

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