Flu Season: What Are The Symptoms, Why Vaccine Is Important?

Flu Season: What Are The Symptoms, Why Vaccine Is Important?

Flu Season: What Are The Symptoms, Why Vaccine Is Important?

From Jan. 27 to February 2, there have been 191 instances of Flu A and two of Flu B. Texas Health Resources hospital emergency departments additionally noticed a bounce within the variety of flu-like visits between February 2 - 6. They say flu activity is expected to continue for several more weeks.

This season's flu vaccine reduces the need to go to the doctor's office by about half, according to figures released Thursday. Among 394 subtyped viruses, 74% were influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses, and 26% were influenza A (H3N2) viruses.

Of the 28 flu-related childhood deaths across the country this season, three were in Florida. The vaccine's overall effectiveness in kids is 61 percent this season.

As flu activity in the United States hits its highest levels of the season, investigators on a new study report that influenza vaccination during the 2017-2018 flu season prevented an estimated 8000 deaths.

The total number of cases of flu confirmed by laboratory testing has reached 226 in Greece, of which 219 were treated in an ICU and 29 had had the flu vaccine.

The shot's effectiveness - and higher-than-average early-season vaccination rates - have contributed to a comparably mild flu season this year.


Richard Webby, Ph.D., a member of the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, again urged all Americans to get a flu shot and that is it not too late.

To calculate influenza burden estimates, the investigators used data on illnesses, medical visits, and deaths from hospitalized cases that were reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network, with a focus on patients aged 6 months and older. "Overall, it's been a relatively mild season, and compared to previous year, it's a bit of a welcome reprieve".

Hospitalization rates and flu-related deaths have been relatively low, consistent with what the CDC has observed in past seasons that were dominated by 2009 H1N1.

The 2017-2018 flu season was the most severe since the 2009 pandemic, and the investigators stressed the role of the flu vaccine in reducing the impact.

The CDC is still recommending that people who aren't vaccinated against the flu get a flu shot, since it can help prevent the contraction and transmission of illness and lessen the severity of any sicknesses that do occur.

- If you have the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.

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