First CT flu death of the season confirmed

"It's available, it's out there and there's really no reason why anyone doesn't get the flu shot".

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news".

"The concern with the H3N2 strain is it leads to serious complications and this is especially for seniors and individuals with chronic illness such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease and so on", Kapaj added.

This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.

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What makes the flu more prevalent in the winter, Patel reminds us, is that because the weather is cold "people are keeping indoors more and shut inside without the ventilation of screen doors and open windows". In each case, distribution of the flu vaccine begins about 7 months later. Researchers explained that the strain of the flu virus that manufacturers used to produce the shots has just mutated rendering the drugs almost useless.

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) are more widespread than in previous years.

"Which is 11 per cent higher than the similar period last year or the year before that when 225,000 had been given", Shahab said.

"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said.

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"We're expecting a fairly severe flu season", said Swift. Although it is hard to predict an influenza season, the authors noted that when A (H3N2) viruses was the dominant influenza strain in past seasons, hospitalizations and deaths were more common and the effectiveness of the vaccine was lower.

Richard Webby, PhD, is a member of the infectious disease department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and one of a select group of scientists responsible for determining which flu vaccines will be put into circulation each year.

The 10 percent figure is mainly due to the fact that the flu virus that hit Australia this year, whose flu season coincides with the USA summertime, was the H3N2 strain. "That is absolutely false".

Today, H1N1 simply is one of many flu strains that are tracked, and like the others, causes the usual flu symptoms and reappears every so often. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed.

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“According to the CDC, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection to fully develop in the body, so its best to get vaccinated early, ” said PHD spokeswoman Melanie Collett. This will also prevent you from infecting other people.


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