Flu Season Is Already Off to a Bad Start

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The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

"Given that most of the USA influenza-vaccine supply is now produced in eggs and the composition of the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere vaccine is identical to that used in Australia, it is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate", Fauci wrote.

Seasonal flu infection peaks between June and October in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, with India, Thailand and Vietnam registering an additional minor peak from December to February, shows World Health Organization research.

"So I think the change in the virus itself is what's accounting for the increase", said Patterson. Symptoms include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches.

St. Francois County has previously seen crucially more instances of the flu in the last two months in the nation's influenza season than at the same time previous year. Infection in equatorial Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore occurs throughout the year.

DPH reports 18 of the cases were Type A H3N2.

Through Thanksgiving, the reports of influenza-like illness through the Mississippi State Department of Health's sentinel network were approaching the peak of last winter's season, which came in late February.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health confirmed that a Connecticut resident recently died from influenza, reports CBS.

This year's vaccine is only 10% effective. In 2014-15, when more than 80 per cent of the circulating H3N2 viruses characterized differed from the vaccine virus, vaccine effectiveness was 13 per cent. That kind of virus tends to make people sicker than other strains, especially the elderly.

Of the samples sent to the State Public Health lab, more than 70 percent have tested positive for Influenza A, subtype H1.

Due to this, Maserang stated it is highly important that everyone do what they can to prevent the flu including spreading it to others. If successful, it will not just offer universal protection but also do away the need for annual vaccinations.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, though, and it's possible for people to still get the flu in that time period. However imperfect the vaccine may be, say NEJM researchers , it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated.



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