Federal officials implore Americans to get flu vaccine

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MA health officials are urging vaccination.

Anyone who's had the flu knows of that particular kind of misery, which can put people out of commission for days - or worse. Type B viruses tend to hit children harder because they are less likely to have been exposed to them in past seasons, said Jose Romero, chief of infectious disease at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office. "That made the vaccine not as effective". "Hospitals continue to report large numbers of sick patients and providers are reporting high numbers of patient visits due to flu and flu-like symptoms".

School districtStumpf has noticed a sharp uptick in influenza-like-illnesses reported by the West Milford schools over the last two weeks, she said. This year, all the strains are known, even expected.

Flu vaccines generally provide greater protection against the other influenza A strain and influenza B strains now circulating.

"That's higher than we typically see for H3N2", said Ed Belongia, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin. This knowledge should help improve next year's vaccine effectiveness, he said.

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

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The 2017-2018 flu season has been particularly brutal so far.

3, the CDC has reported a total of 63 flu-related pediatric deaths nationwide.

"We have become aware that there have been three deaths where flu is definitely a contributing factor to the deaths", she said.

According to the most recent reports from state health departments, the flu is still a potent force in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "This is a bad incident, and it affects not only the family, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family, but it affects so many different families who are all now anxious and scared about what could happen to their children".

Flu-related illness in Georgia has caused four deaths and led to more than 300 people being hospitalized, state health officials said. Health officials believe the girl died of complications from the flu. This flu season is a severe one, but it is not yet historically catastrophic.

Many details about how the immune system fends off the virus and protects the human body remain unknown. Flu strains mutate every year. That "may make you better able to respond to that type of virus decades later", yet less able to fight off other strains.

Flu activity in Louisiana continues to be high throughout the state. ILI, or influenza-like illness, rose to a 7.7 percent increase, the most since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, or swine flu.

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