Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Flu season has returned

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine HSE urges Limerick people to get vaccinated as flu cases are expected to increase in coming weeks
Francis Osborne | 11 January, 2019, 09:42

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports three people have died from the flu this season.

Overall, there have been 1,988 lab confirmed cases since the beginning of September, as of the week ending January 5.

Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.

Last season, 342 San Diegans died from complications from the flu, the highest total since the County began tracking flu deaths almost 20 years ago. Flu is widespread in most New England states, including MA, according to federal and state health data.

Medical professionals say it is not too late to get a flu shot.

The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County coroner's office said this week that the child died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Flu vaccine for adults 19 years and older is $30, with High-Dose flu vaccine for adults 65 years and older $50.

Did you get your flu shot?

Flu activity is on the rise across the USA, the CDC reports, and New York City is experiencing high increases.

While H1N1-predominant seasons tend to be milder overall at the population level compared to those characterized primarily by H3N2, individuals who get hit with either strain won't detect much of a difference - both bring on fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints, she said from Vancouver. To shorten wait times, you can also schedule a flu shot at a time convenient for you by calling 419-774-4700.

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Trevor Phillips, Executive Chairman of hVIVO, said in a press release, "The successful achievement of statistical significance in the primary endpoints from two Phase II studies confirms that FLU-v has clinical impact in establishing immunity and disease, symptom and viral load reduction".

Jennifer Thomas, nursing director and administrator at the Mason County Health Department, said flu season can begin as early as September and last as long as April.

Twelve-year-old Quinton Kequahtooway, for example, is very lucky to be alive.

Q: Last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective, according to the CDC.

It's also important to consider that the flu vaccine has been shown to be one of the safest vaccines available.

Sometimes people may also experience sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose, but those symptoms are associated more with the common cold than the flu. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced.

"They believe we have already peaked", said Burton.

When it first appeared 10-years-ago, a majority of people, particularly younger children and adults, had not experienced it before, resulting in many people getting sick not just in Ontario and Canada, but around the world.

This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.

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