Maine CDC confirms 3 deaths from flu in state this season

10 January, 2019, 23:11 | Author: Sue Riley
  • As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza. The return of the quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV4) by The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the CDC is expected to enlarge and improve protection and coverage.

Each year there is a different vaccine, and the vaccinations protect people from several strains of flu.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. With so many people in such close contact, the likelihood of passing germs is much higher when it is cold outside than when it is warm and people are outdoors. As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Influenza and the U.S. National Influenza Center, CDC monitors flu activity nationally and globally with other labs, looking for changes in circulating viruses.

Local health care providers and pharmacies all over Lee County also provide flu shots.

"If you are a business owner, you should also encourage your employees to get vaccinated". Flu can have very serious associated complications. Tamiflu, or oseltamivir, which is available with a prescription from your doctor and is taken daily for five days, can shorten the duration of your illness and prevent complications. Here is everything you need to know about H1N1 flu.

There is also a new antiviral on the market called baloxavir, which you only have to take once. The flu, on the other hand, is caused by the influenza virus.

But he can tell you it's not too late to get your flu shot. "It's just a slow upward, so we're only at the beginning of flu season right now". Do you have a sense of how effective this year's flu vaccine will be?

Women who are pregnant or during the first two weeks after giving birth.

Despite the severity of this year's flu, Mema says those experiencing flu symptoms don't need to rush to the hospital.

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While H1N1 was the dominant flu strain last season, this one has already been far worse.

The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% previous year.

These results together with the previously reported highly statistically significant reduction in symptoms endpoint (p=0.023) and performing better than placebo in a number of other key endpoints are evidence of the vaccine's protective effect. For instance, in 2016-17, there were only 128 cases through the same time period and 41 in 2015-16.

"Even people who had the flu shot were getting the flu", she said. "This is one of the reasons it is so important to get vaccinated".

Hospitals across IN are seeing high level of flu activity - including Marion County.

People with flu-like symptoms including a cough, congestion and high temperature are asked to stay out of the hospitals unless they are seriously ill.

Since December 1 last, there have been 39 confirmed cases in the Mid-West, and 26 of these detections were resident in Limerick. These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu.

"Before the Christmas break, we had only minimal cases. Although that was, thankfully, unique, we want never to see it repeated".

Did you get your flu shot?



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