Provisions to take during flu season

Provisions to take during flu season

According to the CDC the benefits, on the other hand, include a substantially reduced risk of catching the flu as well as reducing the severity of the flu if you contract it, which is especially important this season given the nationwide Tamiflu shortage. The vaccine provided 59 percent protection against H3N2 in children 8 and younger. Most flu vaccines are 40 to 60 percent effective, and this vaccine, based on initial results from Canada, is about 17 percent effective.

A free flu shot clinic will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Citizen's Center, 10 Welcome St., from 3 to 6 p.m., for uninsured city children ages 1 and up and uninsured adults.

Flu-related hospitalizations rose to about 68 people out of every 100,000 in the sixth week of 2018 from about 60 out of every 100,000 last week, the CDC estimated in its weekly surveillance report.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, but McMahan suggested people first call their doctor or pharmacist to check availability.

"We have both of mix of influenza A and B at the same time".

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The vaccine protects against three strains of flu. And clearly, this year's flu season is not holding back. People must get a new vaccine every year to be protected.

Even when it doesn't work well, the flu vaccine can save many lives. In addition to H3N2, influenza B-type viruses are also on the rise - though they are not as severe as H3N2. She says as long as the flu season is still happening, people can receive the vaccine in the season's 11 to 20 week duration.

In Maryland around the Baltimore region, some pharmacists say their supplies of the drug are good but fear that could change at a moment's notice. Tragically, an Upper Peninsula child died from the flu earlier this month, according to a story in Crain's Detroit Business. This is because baby boomers were not previously exposed to the H3N2 strain as children, it is an irregular strain of flu, and as a whole, baby boomers don't get vaccinated as frequently as other demographics.

Tina Tan, an internist who is state epidemiologist for the New Jersey Department of Health, said that no vaccine is flawless and this one is still helping some people.

In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, CDC acting director Anne Schuchat, MD, warned that "all indications are that flu activity remains high and is likely to remain high for several weeks", noting that the rates of influenza-like illness are around the level they were during the 2009 pandemic.

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