Brazos Valley seeing more flu cases this year

08 December, 2017, 01:41 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Flu season is here

If you received a flu shot this year, it may not protect you from contracting the potentially deadly disease. It is also possible to become infected by touching something with flu virus on it, and then touching your mouth or nose.

Kelley said it is too soon to know what kind of flu season we will have.

"But we can not say we will go on to experience the kind of severe season Australia had, in part because we ourselves had a fairly severe epidemic due to H3N2 in 2016-17", Skowronski said. That's because the flu vaccine is reformulated annually to contain the strains of the virus most likely to hit folks hard the following year.

The U.S. sees 140,000 to 710,000 flu-related hospitalization each year and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization.

Four states are reporting widespread outbreaks of the flu. And in Australia, which used the identical vaccine as Canada's this past season, its effectiveness against H3N2 infection was far less - only about 10 per cent.

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The CDC estimates that the flu virus has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses in the US each year since 2010.

The second major strain of influenza - B - already has been found even though it typically doesn't appear until February, according to Canada's FluWatch Report.

To find out where to get a flu shot the Florida Department of Health suggests you contact your doctor or your local county health department.

Some infectious disease researchers are blaming the outdated methods for cultivating flu vaccines.

Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control, said the federal agency will be releasing later this week the season's first set of data on what the expected vaccine effectiveness is in the United States and what early-season flu vaccination coverage looks like.

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Martindale has seen many patients this flu season that have taken the shot, that still caught the flu, the physician stated.

This year's vaccines targets the same strains as last year.

"We can't make a judgment on how effective it is at this point", said Rebb.

Despite those misgivings, she encourages the elderly and those with underlying heart and lung conditions or with suppressed immune systems, who are vulnerable to influenza and its complications, to get their shot to obtain "all the protection you can get".

Last year's flu vaccine was updated to include the new version of this protein, but the egg-grown version had acquired a new mutation.

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