More people die from the flu than previously estimated

Phillip Cunningham
December 14, 2017

But because the flu can be deadly to all ages, and the vaccine can be life-saving, we chose to verify its effectiveness.

And despite some concerns about the overall effectiveness of this year's immunization, it's still the best way to protect yourself, experts agree. He said any time people hear the flu shot isn't a flawless match for circulating viruses, they're reluctant to get vaccinated.

Australia is 1 of 5 world health organization location, specifically the infectious diseases reference laboratory representative from each country then make recommendation on the composition if the influenza vaccine, which happens every February.

According to CDC numbers, vaccine effectiveness usually ranges from around 40 to 60-percent, but they do occasionally dip in certain seasons when the vaccine created doesn't match well with the type of flu circulating.

Even though the flu shot isn't as effective this year, Haman still advises everyone in our area to get it. "It can change for the worse or the better".

The CDC notes that the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women as well as breastfeeding mothers, who can reduce their risk of catching the flu and passing it on to their infants by receiving a flu shot.

It's not a harmful defect, but it means that the non-live strain of H3N2 influenza in the injection is slightly different than what's actually circulating in the human population. Also, those who get the shot and contract influenza A (H3N2) will likely recover faster than those who don't get vaccinated. They found that prenatal vaccination was 61% effective at preventing influenza in infants, whereas postpartum vaccination was 53% effective.

Hartford County was close behind, with 43 cases, and New Haven County was a distant third with 26.

As of December 2, 2017, the DPOH reported being aware of 46 lab-confirmed flu cases in the state, with 15 associated this same time last season, there were 42 confirmed cases, with 15 associated hospitalizations.

The flu is now widespread in four states, one of those being Georgia. "It's very sporadic - nothing dramatic yet", he said.

"(It) evokes the complications of pneumonia, hospitalization, and-I'm afraid to say-dying, so if you need another reason to be vaccinated, you've got it", he explained.

"We're planning on this being a fairly robust flu season", he said.

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