Flu Vax Efficacy 25% Against Predominant H3N2 Strain So Far

Medical experts warn about new flu strain emerging

People might be frustrated to learn of the relatively low vaccine effectiveness rate, but its important for them to remember that even a low rate translates into thousands of illnesses prevented and lives saved, said Dr. Edward Belongia, who leads vaccine effectiveness research at Marshfield Clinic in north-central Wisconsin. In addition to H3N2, influenza B-type viruses are also on the rise - though they are not as severe as H3N2.

St. Peter's Health says that they need to take these extra precautions to ensure the safety of patients, children and staff. This does not mean that it kept 36 percent of the people who got it from getting sick at all. The percentage of visits to emergency departments and admissions to hospitals from emergency departments continued to climb, though not as rapidly as in the previous week. Thomas shared this flu season has stayed level so far and she has yet to see an increase in flu cases.

"Given the severity of this year's season, I spoke with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE about the situation yesterday". When well matched to circulating viruses, its effectiveness is about 60 percent. The Office of Public Health monitors patients with flu-like symptoms using a health care provider surveillance system.

The CDC also stated that the H3N2 virus tends to cause more suffering than other strains. "Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and deadly illness", said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. There are some indications, he said, that some vaccine production techniques produce better H3N2 protection than others do. Childhood deaths have reached about 170 in a season.

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He noted that about 70% of children who have died because of the flu in recent years were not vaccinated, according to data published this week.

Last flu season, there were two confirmed pediatric flu-related deaths in MA. There were 34 deaths reported between January 28 and February 3. Reported cases of people with influenza-like illnesses are more than twice the activity seen in a typical flu season.

It can be hard to measure flu deaths accurately, as the flu can lead to other lethal complications, but the CDC tracks child deaths to generally measure flu severity. He said he, his wife and two children have all been vaccinated.

In awful flu seasons like this one, the CDC estimates that as many as 56,000 Americans will die.

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