Here comes the flu: Season starts early in Mississippi

Here comes the flu: Season starts early in Mississippi

What's more, the rate of flu hospitalizations from October 1 to November 25 this year was 2 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

The CDC reported seven children had died from the flu. Even if the flu vaccine isn't a ideal match for the circulating strains, it can help make the virus less severe. Health officials worry about the flu because it can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening illnesses, and it is impossible to predict when the next pandemic will occur. The epidemic is most likely to appear in spring or summer, researchers have found - not in the midwinter depths of the flu season.

Put the flu vaccine between you and the disease this year by receiving your vaccination today.

"Given that most of the USA influenza-vaccine supply is now produced in eggs and the composition of the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere vaccine is identical to that used in Australia, it is possible that we will experience low vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) viruses and a relatively severe influenza season if they predominate", Fauci wrote. No flu deaths have been reported yet this flu season in Clark County.

But the reason the 2017 shot isn't preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain is that while scientists were growing the virus in chicken eggs, that strain mutated.

Here comes the flu: Season starts early in Mississippi

The state and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot. Trials for a new "universal" vaccine that stimulates the immune system to boost the body's own immunity-building influenza-specific T-cells begin in Berkshire and Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom this winter.

Van Houten reminded residents it takes about two weeks for flu vaccines to offer protection. However imperfect the vaccine may be, say NEJM researchers , it is always better to get vaccinated than not to get vaccinated. It's more effective against the H1N1 and influenza B strains that are also spreading.

Seasonal flu infection peaks between June and October in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, with India, Thailand and Vietnam registering an additional minor peak from December to February, shows World Health Organization research.

The good news is that the virus has not evolved resistance to the drugs, including Tamiflu, that can be used to treat influenza. "Covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze and cough; frequently washing your hands; and staying home from work, school, day care and errands when you are ill can be effective", Van Houten said.

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