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First CT flu death of the season confirmed

First CT flu death of the season confirmed First CT flu death of the season confirmed
Jerome Frank | 13 December, 2017, 06:07

'Continued efforts are needed to increase the percentage of the population vaccinated during the next few months in order to reduce the burden of flu, ' the authors of the CDC report said.

Right now, the virus is regional, meaning there have been increases in confirmed flu cases in at least two but less than half of the regions in the state.

"Ususally we'll get some of those flu vaccine effectiveness studies that come out in the early part of next year, " she explained.

Heather Ren, with HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield says even in a good year, the flu vaccine is roughly 60% effective.

Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, can impact anyone, but serious complications can occur for people 65 and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, and in pregnant women and young children, according to the CDC.

Flu season appears to be kicking into high gear, and Yakima health officials are reminding the community that it's not too late to get a flu shot. Children can become very poorly if they catch flu and we know this can affect the wider family as parents or carers may have to take time off work to look after them.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the USA, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the US industry needs to produce the vaccines.

While the symptoms remain similar from year to year, strains of the flu virus vary depending on where you live and how much the viruses have changed.

Story courtesy of Greene County Public Health.

You can not get the flu from the flu shot.

“The single best way to prevent the spread of the flu is getting an annual flu shot.

"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said.

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People who are suffering from a cold are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

"We see flu all throughout the course of the year and it does start to ramp up after Thanksgiving", Bolduc said. Given what they are seeing, officials say the season might be a bit early this year.

Steven O'Marro, an infection preventionist, says despite possibly being less effective, the flu shot still serves a objective.

Today, H1N1 simply is one of many flu strains that are tracked, and like the others, causes the usual flu symptoms and reappears every so often.

"That's a safety thing for both yourself and for the public", she said.

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