Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Beware of seasonal flu. It kills more people globally than previously thought

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year Africa: Respiratory Diseases Linked to Seasonal Flu Claim Thousands of Lives Every Year - UN Health Agency
Jerome Frank | 14 December, 2017, 16:11

But that doesn't mean you should forgo the shot. Reports say that this year's vaccine is only 10% effective.

"The earlier we notice strains of influenza, the better we can combat them", he said.

Based on these new estimates, adults over age 75 and people living in parts of sub-Saharan Africa are most at-risk of dying from the flu, the study said, and people living in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia also face a high risk.

Estep said flu cases sometimes start cropping up in November and December, but the kinds of numbers the area is now seeing normally don't happen until after the new year, if at all. "As a community, we need to protect the vulnerable - those at high risk for developing flu-related complications - among us".

It's still early in the flu season, but three USA states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity.

When health care providers have to fight a particularly hard-hitting flu season, the problem can compound quickly if the public doesn't take precautions. "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season". According to the Joplin Health Department, 46 cases of the flu had been reported within the city limits as of Wednesday.

Last week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made an urgent plea for better vaccines in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying "longer-term, transformative vaccine approaches are needed to minimise influenza-related morbidity and mortality".

"Most of the time flu season peaks between December and February, but it can last into May", noted Dr. Arnold Agapito, M.D. and family physician for HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health Center, which is affiliated with the HSHS Medical Group.

She encouraged people with those symptoms contact their medical provider quickly, as the anti-flu treatment Theraflu is most effective in the first 48 hours. However, experts must pick which flu viruses to include in the flu vaccine many months in advance in order for flu vaccines to be produced and delivered on time. The shot can come with common side effects, however, including soreness, low-grade fever and muscle aches.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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