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NY Health Department: Influenza prevalent in the state

NY Health Department: Influenza prevalent in the state

"One, 10% is still better than none and also when it's less effective you nearly really do need to get it because now we really need to make sure that as many people that we can are resistant to the virus", said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital. The number of confirmed cases is four more than previous year during the same span of time.

While it's unclear what the implications of what's going on in Australia are for the Northern Hemisphere, medical professionals here in Iowa still express a high degree of confidence in the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

The CDC notes that the 10 percent figure is an Australian interim estimate of the vaccine's benefit against one flu virus - the H3N2 virus - that circulated in Australia during its most recent flu season. As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, U.S. health officials said yesterday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll. Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May.

The viruses attacked by the vaccine are chosen far before the flu season because it takes a while to grow the necessary material in the millions of eggs needed.

"This (report) is not a reason to not get a flu shot", Saul said.

A large, worldwide survey conducted by the CDC and several of its global health partners suggests that significantly more people than previously estimated die from influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year.

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The man died last week at a local hospital, officials said.

Officials from both agencies are urging residents to get their annual flu shot.

Doctors say there has been cases of the effective percent rate drop in past years but they still recommend getting the shot.

Yet an expert from the state DPH said it's a bit early to push the panic button and declare this season's vaccine ineffective. "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice".

It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective and flu is already active in our community, Lantrip said. Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.

Those practices include avoiding those who are sick, staying home if you're sick (until you've been fever-free without medicine for more than 24 hours), washing or sanitizing hands often, covering coughs or sneezes, and avoiding touching one's eyes, nose and mouth.