Calls for routine flu shot for young children

24 February, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Samuel Hayes
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Even at the peak of the season, Belongia said, only something like 40 percent to 50 percent of the people who seek care for flu-like symptoms actually have influenza.

The cumulative rate of flu-related hospitalizations rose to 74.5 people out of every 100,000 in the seventh week of 2018 from almost 68 out of every 100,000 last week, the CDC estimated in its weekly surveillance report.

The CDC reported 13 more influenza-associated pediatric deaths, bringing the total to 97 this season.

Work started this week on next season's flu vaccine, with experts working off forecasts about which strains of the influenza virus will be making the rounds.

The 2017-2018 season has been a severe one, hitting the entire USA with widespread influenza activity at once for weeks on end, and killing 97 children so far. "Overall, about a third of the people who got the flu vaccine were protected, but in kids under 9, nearly two-thirds were protected against influenza".

Seeing as flu season is coming to an end soon, Werker advises against receiving a flu shot for this season.

Health officials are advising that people receive the flu vaccine.

The flu remained widespread in 48 states, according to the CDC's latest report Friday.

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You might feel like you need a second booster shot, but doctors only recommend young children get vaccinated twice.

These rates varied depending on age, with adults 65 and older hospitalized at the rate of almost 323 per 100,000 people in that same age group.

In Medina County, the flu season's death toll reached 23, with two additional fatalities recorded during the week ending February 17.

According to a Canadian study, elderly people who are sick with the flu are six times more likely to have a heart attack.

In St Lucia, the Ministry of Health says an usually high number of persons iare being affected at this time of the year, as a result, the Ministry has bolstered its surveillance to ensure that a deadly influenza outbreak in the United States does not spread here. Looks like we're in for a few more weeks of winter, with no mercy from the season's attendant colds and flus.

"It's not necessarily worse, the worst that we have seen by any stretch". This year's flu vaccine is estimated to be only 25 percent effective against the H3N2 virus.

"All we can do is monitor what is going on and reinforce the messages of prevention", she said, noting people should wash their hands frequently, watch where they're sneezing and stay home if they're sick.

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