The predominant strain of the flu this year is H3N2, which pediatrician Deborah Rubin said is particularly virulent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a grim report on Friday, revealing that at least 63 children have died from influenza for the 2017-2018 season so far. Well, doctors say it's more of a complex answer. The flu season, however, can continue as late as May.
The World Health Organization reported that overall influenza activity remained high across North America, with most cases due to the influenza A (H3N2) strain. The CDC has had a universal flu vaccine recommendation in place for those ages 6 months and older since 2010, and last season the highest vaccination coverage, at 76.3%, was in children ages 6 to 23 months.
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Not all of this year's flu data has been collected, he said, but early estimates of effectiveness for this year's strain of influenza A suggests it sits around 10 to 20 per cent and 55 per cent for influenza B. But what does that really mean?
She urged sick people to stay home and said it is still not too late for people to get a flu vaccine, which offers some protection. The course of the infection with flu and death was faster among babies that were previously healthy, they noted. "There is no way that they are able to absolutely determine what exact flu strain will circulate or if there are new viruses that may emerge", she says. The flu has claimed the lives of seven Texas children in all. Getting vaccinated helps protect individuals, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain underlying health conditions. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. If you or someone you know starts to experience flu-like symptoms, Malas encourages anyone to reach out to the Brickley Center. "The vaccine contains enough proteins from the shell of weakened virus, and therefore, non-infectious, to trigger an immune response", Dr. Lopez explains. Student Health Services is projected to run out of its allotment, plus additional borrowed vaccine from Emory Healthcare, within the next one to two days, he says.
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness).