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Simple ways to help keep you, your kids from getting the flu

Simple ways to help keep you, your kids from getting the flu Flu killing 4000 every week and is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the US right now - with Tamiflu shortages reported
Steve Townsend | 15 February, 2018, 07:23

The flu season, however, can continue as late as May. "We may be on track to reach or even exceed that level", warns Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC, along with the World Health Organization, make their recommendations for the flu vaccine, and the FDA approves the best option to be produced in the United States.

The flu can be especially risky for those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, sick or very young. She says, historically, about 80 percent of children who have died from influenza were not vaccinated.

Sixteen flu-related deaths were reported last week, bringing the total to 107 for the season, including two pediatric cases. "And we still have a few more months of flu activity".

"The flu vaccine has a killed virus it's not a live virus it can't cause you to get the flu".

Another 10 children were reported to have died of the flu in the week ending February 3, bringing the total infant mortality so far this season to 63, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director, told reporters.

There has been a steady spike of flu related deaths in the state.

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"The previously recorded high for that was 7.6 percent for a non-pandemic year in 2003-2004", Schuchat said.

"More advanced information regarding influenza activity can help alert health care professionals that influenza is circulating, help coordinate response efforts, and help anticipate clinic and hospital staffing needs and increases in visits associated with high levels of influenza activity", he said.

"In 2014-15, that number was 35.1 per 1,000".

This year's strain has been more severe in adults 65 and older and people under the age of 25, Mihalik said.

"I might be scared of the flu, but I don't want to sacrifice fashion", she said.

"We're still characterizing this year's virus", Schuchat said. "The vaccine can't take into account evolution of the virus, and that seems to be what happened with this year's strain is that it evolved past the point of the vaccine being able to protect from it". "In fact, we may be on track to beat some recent records. flu is incredibly hard to predict, and we don't know if we have hit the peak yet". Her statement comes on the heels of new research from Canada that revealed that this year's flu vaccine is 14% less effective than originally thought, meaning that it is just 20% effective against the dominant H3N2 strain.

Hong Kong health officials could introduce flu vaccines intended for the southern hemisphere in light of the city's flu vaccine shortage this year, with private doctors saying they had no more of the immunity-fighting substance for their patients. They found that bacterial infections with Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus were most commonly seen in these flu infection victims, especially those who did not have another underlying health condition.

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