Flu cases in Florida increase, according to Health Department

13 December, 2017, 06:09 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Flu cases in Florida increase, according to Health Department

Between 2003 - 2013 H3N2 caused more deaths on average than other years.

For those who have not yet been vaccinated, this is a good time to do it, Collett said. "It does tend to impact the elderly population more", she said Tuesday in an interview. "It behaves differently every single season". As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection. "Typically, we don't see flu starting to arrive in Pima County until February or March". So far this year: 93 cases. "It's jut a little too soon to tell".

Right now, the virus is regional, meaning there have been increases in confirmed flu cases in at least two but less than half of the regions in the state.

"It's hard to say, " Rigler said.

Dr. Martinello says the flu shot may not be as effective as in years past, but getting it minimizes the severity of the symptoms.

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Being vaccinated is the safest way to protect against the flu.

"We need to be prepared, alert and flexible".

The numbers show this is already a more active flu season.

Still, she acknowledged, the protection is not immediate.

Schaffner said the high-dose influenza vaccine is effective in older adults with four times as much vaccine as the normal vaccine. Michiganders can get a walk-in vaccine at a CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic, or at a Kroger Pharmacy or Meijer Pharmacy near you.

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The majority of the tests have been in Hartford and Fairfield counties, according to the report. Of the subtyped cases, H3 is predominant, which is what the state has been seeing as well.

'Immunization programs should work with community leaders to promote vaccination, ensure all members have access to flu vaccination, and ensure that all members understand the importance of flu vaccination in preventing disease, ' the authors said. It takes about two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine before your body is fully protected from the flu. Now circulating viruses seem not to have undergone significant antigenic drift; circulating A (H3N2) viruses are antigenically less similar to egg-grown A (H3N2) viruses used for most U.S. influenza vaccine production.

The flu vaccine may not be 100% effective for everyone.

Now there are at least two strains of influenza circulating, with the "A" strain dominate at this time. The CDC estimates that since 2001 flu-related hospitalizations ranged from 140,000 to 710,000 and deaths are estimated from 12,000 to 56,000. "The flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu and that remains to be the case".

Q: What precautions can people take?

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