Flu Hospitalizations Up from previous year

Phillip Cunningham
December 12, 2017

Ideally, it would be a long-lasting, effective vaccine that would prevent us from having to go get that shot each and every year and just hope that it's a "good one". Doctors, she said, may prescribe anti-viral medication for those with higher-risk conditions.

Dr. Pardis Sabeti, an infectious disease expert from the Harvard University, explained that flu vaccines contain a deactivated flu virus that prompts the immune system to get prepared for the real virus.

This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. "Luckily, most people who get sick with it will do okay". Past year alone, the CDC estimated that the vaccine prevented 5.1 million flu illnesses.

This may be why Australia has seen a record number of hospitalizations and severe flu cases this year. Additionally, during the surveillance period, 566 laboratory-confirmed influenza-related hospitalizations were reported.

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.

It's recommended for most everyone six months and older. And often, by then, more than one-third of those admissions will test positive for the flu. "Whenever we have a season that's predominately H3N2, we tend to have more outbreaks". The serum that is created for the new season's flu shots is based upon educated guesses and projections.

From the time flu clinics opened across the province on October 23, there have been 250,520 doses of influenza vaccine administered as of December 2.

Australia's most recent flu season - which typically sets a pattern for what the US will face - was particularly rough and the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective there. The other half of the equation is the public's civic duty to help protect one another by getting the flu vaccination even if you don't think you need it. And those projections come from what happened during the previous flu season in North America, along with what is happening in other continents around the world. "Therefore, you have much more closeness between people, making them more contagious if they are ill, especially during the holidays". Rigler said it takes about two weeks for the body to react to the killed virus in the vaccine to build up an immunity.

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