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First CT flu death of the season confirmed

12 December 2017, 05:00 | Darrell Baldwin

Flu cases in Florida increase, according to Health Department

2017 vaccine has low effectiveness rate

Although it is hard to predict an influenza season, the authors noted that when A (H3N2) viruses was the dominant influenza strain in past seasons, hospitalizations and deaths were more common and the effectiveness of the vaccine was lower.

Right now, in North Idaho, flu cases are on the rise.

So are you not getting the vaccine because you've heard it's not very effective this year?

In particular, they said we need to focus on racial disparities. Even healthy people can get sick with the flu and have serious complications. However, only about one-third of those tested to be actual cases of the flu, and almost all of those confirmed flu cases were indeed one of the three strains targeted by the current flu shot serum.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says as of last week, there have been 45 flu-related ICU admissions and one pediatric death across the state. Some experts say this year's flu shot might not prevent the illness for nine out of 10 people. At this time past year, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield had treated 14 cases of influenza.

'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.

"And if you are feeling under the weather, it's important to stay home from school or from work so you're not infecting others, and to cover your coughs and sneezes with your arms so you're not spreading germs around, " she said. "Every year, we see hospitalizations and deaths from the flu here in our region".

Experts are warning the vaccine may only be around 10% effective. Vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common.

The Health District keeps a list online of pharmacy and drugstore locations where flu shots are available. But remember, the vaccine gives you protection against three or four flu strains, making it more effective.

A nurse administers a flu vaccine shot. This is your immune system doing its job, and should only last a day or so.

To help make the flu shot experience easier, officials advise that individuals can take Tylenol or ibuprofen if they experience mild side effects from the vaccine, which typically last a day or two.

There's also the other method of self-defense: Washing hands.



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