This year's flu vaccine may only be 10% effective, experts warn

This year's flu vaccine may only be 10% effective, experts warn

But while the provincial pocketbook will take a small hit, local health officials were able to get replacement vaccines quickly, leaving the city and Middlesex County well-stocked as the region begins its plunge into a flu season that some experts suspect may be the worst in several years.

The flu vaccine covers four different strains of influenza, and Dr.

And because most people who show flu symptoms don't go to the doctor and get tested, state epidemiologist Alfred DeMaria cautioned those numbers represent only a small portion of actual cases. But "a modest benefit [from the vaccine] is better than no benefit, especially with an illness that can cause between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths in a year".

This possibility underscores the need to strive toward a "universal" influenza vaccine that will protect against seasonal influenza drift variants as well as potential pandemic strains, with better durability than current annual vaccines. But I'm expecting it to be H3N2'. The only other facility outbreak is in a public school in Somerset County, according to the report. Somewhere between 20,000-35,000 may die from the flu in this country. By the end of the year, the CDC declared an epidemic, with more than 20 deaths in just a few weeks before Christmas that year.

The health department said people can prevent transmitting the flu by covering their coughs, washing their hands frequently, and staying home when feeling ill.

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'The predominant strain appears to be the H3N2 strain. "In fact, in a year where it's low effectiveness, it's even more important that everybody get it so we can get as much resistance and we don't allow the virus to thrive and grow and keep changing".

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the first week in December National Influenza Vaccination Week.

'We are seeing increased activity at this time although we are nowhere near its peak'.

Nearly 860 confirmed cases have been reported this flu season, compared to 242 at the same time past year. We surpassed that by Thanksgiving. The CDC says most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. We're getting a handful of laboratory confirmed cases every week now. Officials say that is 78 more than the cases reported the previous week. Nationwide since October 1, 566 have been hospitalized for influenza and 148 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed.