"Every year, you get the flu vaccine, you mount up a protection response to that certain strain", Dr. Virginia Bieluch said.
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A total of 416 influenza-related deaths have occurred to date in Missouri.
The CDC reports weekly - on Fridays - on the status of flu activity during the season.
The report for the week ending December 1 said 22 counties submitted reports; and six counties reported influenza-like illness.
Immunization has been one of the most effective weapons against many maladies. It is not an indicator of the severity of the flu season.
"That's an easy way to check on people, and it means a lot", Rinaldi said.
Clinicians are bracing for a potentially harsh flu season this winter. You're not alone: Cases of the flu are on the rise across most of the East Tennessee region.
Last year H3N2 dominated in Canada, which suggests it might not this year - which could be good news.
Hospitalization rates were highest for adults older than 65 years (25.3 per 100,000 population), followed by adults aged 50 to 64 (6.5 per 100,000 population), and children aged 0 to 4 years (4.7 per 100,000 population). "Now, as far as how effective they are at fighting those viruses, it's yet to be seen". "The levels we're seeing this week are as high as the levels we saw a year ago during the entire flu season", she said. "Flu season typically does not peak until January or February", the health district said in a press release. Among subtypes of influenza A samples, 88.7% were H3N2, 8.4% were H1N1, and subtyping was not performed on 2.9%. A chart provided on the health unit's website shows that the percentage of emergency room visits in Windsor-Essex due to the flu is lower than the same week in 2016. In the last decade or so, about one-third of Canadians have been getting flu shots.
In general, flu vaccinations have an excellent safety record, but their efficacy varies greatly. There has been on death associated with the virus this year.
Scientists are searching for a universal vaccine that would work against a wide variety of influenza viruses. "The influenza vaccination is inactivated". Those 18 years of age and older may also be able to get their influenza vaccine at a local pharmacy.
Anything you can do to help prevent you and your family from getting the flu is very beneficial.
Peterson officials say the best thing a person can do when they have the flu is to take good care of themself. Stay home and chat via phone instead.