Publicado: Vie, Enero 11, 2019
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

Health experts say flu vaccine more effective this year

Health experts say flu vaccine more effective this year

However, health officials say the flu shot works better against that strain. Residents should also remember that it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take full effect. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.

While officials say the national hospitalization "ranking" for children is not overly concerning - it's older and younger, in that order, who are most at risk of flu-related complications - there have been 11 pediatric deaths to date, eight of them in December. An estimated 960,000 people were hospitalized and an estimated 79,000 died due to flu complications during the 2017-2018 flu season. "People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu".

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

Shahab said this strain first appeared in 2009 and was the dominant strain three years ago. For more information on how you can get the flu vaccine at no cost, visit Flu Vaccine on the TRICARE website.

A "universal" influenza vaccine producer announced additional good news regarding the Phase IIb viral challenge Study for FLU-v (FLU-v004).

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The most important thing to remember during cold and flu season is to protect yourself against these germs when you are around other people.

A lot of people make excuses not to get a flu shot, according to Price.

Flu season is back again and cases have went from local to regional within the state.

Individuals concerned about the flu, norovirus, or other illnesses and those experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms should contact University Health Services at 814-863-0774, or their regular health care provider.

Flu cases last week fell to 257 from 369 the previous week.

Hospitalization rates associated with the flu remained relatively low, at 5.4 admissions per 100,000 people.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.

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