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Healthy Living: CDC says flu cases this year are double; get vaccinated

Healthy Living: CDC says flu cases this year are double; get vaccinated

Brace yourselves: a key flu strain may be more aggressive this year, and experts say the vaccine could be dramatically less effective than in the past. 53 were diagnosed with the type A flu virus, and 49 others were confirmed with the type B influenza.

"Such as the elderly, pregnant women, children, so it's just so important to get your flu vaccine", said Pam McGowen a nurse practitioner at the Florida Department of Health, Bay County.

While some seasons don't kick off until February, we are already seeing a surge in people hospitalized with influenza-like symptoms - at a rate even faster and earlier than we saw in 2014. The current existing vaccine, fabricated in spring, has been analyzed by scientists, who believe it will be only 10% effective this time. "So, someone who has had a flu vaccine every year for the past 15 years is much more protected than someone who got their first and only flu vaccine this year", said Dr. Lon Morgan, a Family Practice Physician at Novant Health Friedberg Family Medicine. "The seasons in which H3N2 predominates, those are the seasons we see more severe illness, more hospitalizations".

So far this flu season, San Diego County has had four people die of influenza.

Though the vaccine may not be ideal, Zimmerman emphasized that it's still a good idea to get it to protect not only one's own health, but also the health of loved ones.

In recent years, it seems the flu has peaked in early spring, but it got an early start this year, she said. Said Patsy Kelso with the Vermont Department of Health.

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The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

"It doesn't necessarily mean flu shots won't work here, or suggest how intense our flu season will be, but it's a good predictor", Crain stated.

Last year's flu vaccine was updated to include the new version of this protein, but the egg-grown version had acquired a new mutation.

The weekly influenza surveillance report shows that of all ME counties, Penobscot County has the most flu activity, with 60 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and 24 hospitalizations.

"A vaccine that might not prevent you from getting the flu might prevent you from getting a serious complication". "And at the end of the day, to know that we might be able to protect the most vulnerable around us with a universal influenza vaccine - that's a reason to get excited about science". When vaccines are well-matched to circulating strains, estimates of effectiveness range between 40 and 60 percent, according to the Journal.


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