CDC warns too few people have got the flu shot this year

Flu Cases on the Rise

That is more than double the number reported this time a year ago, and officials say it's a potential signal of a rough flu season to come. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year as the influenza virus rapidly changes.

"Which is 11 per cent higher than the similar period last year or the year before that when 225,000 had been given", Shahab said.

Health Commissioner Melissa Howell reminds everyone to maintain good health by washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, eating a balanced diet, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep.

The four most deadly flu seasons of the last 10 years - in the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, and 2014-15 - were H3N2 seasons, each with a particular version of that flu type.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year). Doctors, she said, may prescribe anti-viral medication for those with higher-risk conditions.

"The strain that's been detected as the primary circuiting strain of flu virus can cause more severe illness than some of the other strains", Wiese said.

Most of the influenza viruses characterized during this time were genetically or antigenically similar to the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere cell-grown vaccine references viruses.

The department's website tracks flu activity statewide. "Then, since it was new, we did not know if the H1N1 symptoms would be normal, or something more severe". This year, some experts claim the flu shot may only be 10 percent effective. Even healthy people can get sick with the flu and have serious complications.

The latest update from the state's health department says 197 people tested positive for the illness so far this season and "one influenza-associated death in an individual greater than 65 years of age has been reported".

Thousands of two and three-year-olds in Kent have not been immunised against flu, despite being eligible for a free vaccine.

The Health District keeps a list online of pharmacy and drugstore locations where flu shots are available. This report also includes granular analysis of the market share, geographic regions and revenue forecasts and of the North America Flu Vaccine market. This will also prevent you from infecting other people. It takes roughly two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after the vaccine is administered, health officials say.

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