"We are very concerned that we don't want that dissuading people from getting their vaccines because a whole uncovered population is going to be in a much worse potential condition because then you can see flu really spread among everyone", said Dr.
As of November 25, nearly 2,100 lab-confirmed cases had been detected in various parts of the country, of which 84 per cent were influenza A. Those infections resulted in 371 hospitalizations, including 21 ICU admissions, and eight deaths, the report says.
Two Flathead County residents have died from the flu, marking the states first influenza-related deaths this season, the Flathead City-County Health Department reported Wednesday. Across all the strains for which it was produced, the vaccine was about 33 percent effective in Australia. Those cases resulted in between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year.
It is unclear yet if H3N2 will be the predominant flu strain to dominate the United States this year, but so far this strain has been responsible for the deaths due to flu from the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. From Oct. 1 to December 2, a total of 254 confirmed flu cases have been reported in Philadelphia and its four suburban counties, with 80 of those cases in Delaware County.
In recent years, it seems the flu has peaked in early spring, but it got an early start this year, she said.
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But Sabeti says even though the effectiveness of this year's vaccine is particularly low, it's still worthwhile to get a flu shot.
MA is one of four states across the country to experience widespread Influenza activity this flu season.
According to the study, a strain of the H3N2 virus with a different outer layer protein emerged during the 2014-2015 flu season.
A flu shot helps moderate the infection's severity, especially for those most likely to develop complications. So far, she said, her hospital is seeing about a 60-40 split between influenza A and influenza B and this year's vaccine was pretty good against B.
If you do get flu, keep it to yourself, Mills said. It recommends everyone ages 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine, and experts recommend that people be vaccinated annually to cover new strains.
Researchers found antibodies elicited by the vaccine in ferrets and humans "did a poor job of neutralizing H3N2 viruses that circulated last year".