CDC: Flu vaccines 36% effective at preventing infection

Phillip Cunningham
February 17, 2018

Adding to the threat is that this year's vaccine "doesn't appear to be working as well as we would like", Frieden said.

The shots will be given at the Blountville and Kingsport health departments from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., while supplies last.

"The hospital has averaged 105 flu tests per week in 2018, a dramatic increase from 65 per week in 2017", Ferrell said.

Flu B tends to circulate toward the end of flu season, so the vaccine should provide better protection overall as B strains become more prevalent. She shared she recommends individuals get the flu shot because when a vaccine exists to prevent an illness, it should be utilized. He said that influenza B surpassed influenza A last week for the first time this season.

Mr. Markey and cosponsors of his bill want to funnel $200 million per year to the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a vaccine that shields recipients against all strains of the vaccine.

She also said personal hygiene is essential in flu prevention, including coughing or sneezing into an elbow, using tissues, and frequent hand washing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water.

"As more and more people in our community come down with the flu, unfortunately the number of those who succumb to the virus also continues to rise", Public Health Director Robert Resendes said in a statement.

This article has been updated to include comments from Dr. Anne Schuchat. Some years they are more successful than others. People must get a new vaccine every year to be protected. However, the vaccines are only 25% against the influenza A strain H3N2, which has been behind some of the most severe flu cases this season.

The open-office trend in workplaces makes the potential for the flu to spread even greater than the past.

Over the past five years, the flu season has lasted 11 to 20 weeks, but this is only week 12, and flu activity is still increasing.

By following these tips, you can protect yourself and your family from the flu.

But most of the children who have died this year have not been vaccinated, the report said.

"You're 36 percent less likely to get the flu and see the doctor if you get a flu show", Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, told CNN. This is because baby boomers were not previously exposed to the H3N2 strain as children, it is an irregular strain of flu, and as a whole, baby boomers don't get vaccinated as frequently as other demographics.

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