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And despite some concerns about the overall effectiveness of this year's immunization, it's still the best way to protect yourself, experts agree. "It's actually similar to the virus that plagued us previous year", explained Schaffner, and he says it can be deadly. Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May.
"And so they kind of doubled and kept escalating until February 25, 2016", she said.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) flu experts say that flu is hard to predict, and it's still too early in our season to determine when the flu season will peak in the United States, how severe it will be, or what viruses will predominate. That's above the region's baseline of 3.3 percent for the past week.
Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death. Around 10 percent of tests reported to the state were positive.
Officials say over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric influenza deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 influenza-related hospitalizations each season. The study, published Wednesday in the Lancet, says between 291,000 and 646,000 people likely succumb to these respiratory diseases each year-potentially far more than prior estimates hovering between 250,000 and 500,000 casualties.
Dr Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Business Insider that the vaccine is, at best, around 10 percent effective on H3N2. "As a community, we need to protect the vulnerable - those at high risk for developing flu-related complications - among us".
People aged 75 years and older and people living in sub-Saharan African countries experienced the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths.
Officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated, and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available.
All ages are at risk, but one group is more likely to spread the virus.
"That being said, the authors of the preliminary Australian study did make a point of saying in their article that annual vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent influenza infection each year", Lantrip said in an email.
"It just depends actually on each region", Rodriquez said. Roughly 40 percent of the United States population opts for the vaccine every year, and the CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country. "We often think of the very young and seniors when we think of the vulnerable, but people at any age with underlying health conditions are also at a greater risk of the flu and serious complications stemming from it".
"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said.
Did you have your flu shot? "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice". Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.
The Flu shot doesn't work right away, it takes about two weeks.
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