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Saskatchewan influenza activity on the rise with experts urging flu vaccine

Saskatchewan influenza activity on the rise with experts urging flu vaccine

"But right now we really don't have any great estimate for the USA and how effective our flu vaccines are so far this year".

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news". The flu is a serious disease. Prior to that, the county had logged 34 cases in the entire nine weeks of this year's flu season.

The department is also urging people to practice good hygiene, including hand-washing, covering your mouth while coughing, and anything else to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses during the flu season's height.

Last year's vaccine was 39% failproof when it comes to all flu viruses and just 32% effective against the H3N2 strains.

While the symptoms remain similar from year to year, strains of the flu virus vary depending on where you live and how much the viruses have changed.

Flu shot rates are lower than hoped this year, new CDC figures reveal as America hurtles towards one of the worst flu seasons in years. "Every year, we see hospitalizations and deaths from the flu here in our region".

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"Connecticut this week just reported its first case of a death related to influenza in the state, so it certainly can have pretty severe consequences", said UConn Health Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases Dr. Kevin Dieckhaus.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the US, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the USA industry needs to produce the vaccines.

For the most current information about influenza in Florida, please see Florida's Weekly Surveillance Report, the Florida Flu Review. Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases. "Generally, we do know that influenza and other illnesses are more common in those who are school age and people who are out and about more".

Experts are warning the vaccine may only be around 10% effective.

Right now, in North Idaho, flu cases are on the rise. When your immune system kicks into gear making antibodies, your body's natural response can involve fatigue, soreness and even mild fever. "Most people have no reaction at all, other than mild soreness in the arm where the shot was administered". He is also the Director of the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds that focuses on understanding influenza and improving vaccines to combat the virus.


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