NS sees spike in flu-related deaths in February

NS sees spike in flu-related deaths in February

NS sees spike in flu-related deaths in February

Vaccine effectiveness is tricky to measure, because there is no way to know how many vaccinated people never got ill at all.

According to the report, the CDC will continue to investigate the vaccine's effectiveness throughout the rest of the season.

The hospital paired flu patients in double rooms and used beds in specialty areas of the hospitals to accommodate the overload, Dr. Valenti said.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), noted in a statement released on Thursday that, "it has been an especially challenging season, with high rates of hospitalization for both influenza and its complications".

Though the numbers sound grim, they're actually slightly better than expected based on data published by Canadian researchers which suggested that the vaccine was only about 17 percent effective against the H3N2 strain. The Office of Public Health monitors patients with flu-like symptoms using a health care provider surveillance system.

The CDC also stated that the H3N2 virus tends to cause more suffering than other strains. "So, while we may be seeing increases in respiratory illnesses in the state, they are not necessarily from influenza". "That's higher than we typically see for H3N2", Belongia tells The Washington Post. Marshfield is one of five USA sites measuring flu vaccine effectiveness.

"We've got a good vaccine but not a great vaccine".

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Almost 62,000 flu cases have been reported from October 1, 2017 to February 10, 2018, with 107 deaths.

A child under the age of 10 died from a flu-related illness, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Tuesday evening.

"We have already surpassed the total number of flu deaths we had past year and we are still experiencing widespread activity". States are not required to report adult flu deaths. It worked best for young children, aged 6 months to 8 years, where it was 59 percent effective.

More than 61,000 Pennsylvanians have confirmed cases of the flu and 7.7 percent of Americans have sought the help of a health professional for flu-like illness.

Haverhill school officials confirmed that a local first-grader who died from influenza was the state's first flu-related pediatric death of the year. All employees are also required to get the flu shot. He said he, his wife and two children have all been vaccinated.

Flu seasons span from the 40th week of one year to the 39th week of the following year. According to the CDC's website, up to 166 million flu vaccines were produced this year.

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