Dallas County Health and Human Services report a three percent increase in positive flu tests between November 25 and December 2, the most recent week with reporting data. Last flu season, one death was reported in Imperial County. The more people in the community who are vaccinated against the flu, the less likely the flu with spread through that community allowing people that were not able to get the flu vaccine to be 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.
According to a report by the CDC, seven children have died nationwide and more than 850 people have been hospitals.
Patel said it is never too late to receive a flu shot, especially since so far this year, it looks like the flu shot serum that was projected ahead of time is turning out to be right on target. A total of 55 cases of severe acute respiratory infections were reported by both hospitals; of those, 7 (13%) were positive for seasonal influenza A. At the same time last season, 41 cases were reported and none were positive for influenza. The same vaccine is being used in the United States. If you have flu symptoms, PHD advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. If you do still get the flu even after your flu shot, it isn't because of the vaccine itself.
Deb Roberts, Director of Nursing for Allen County Public Health said hospitalizations are already three times what they were at this time previous year. "It does tend to impact the elderly population more", she said Tuesday in an interview. The shot itself is made up of dead or inactivated particles of a flu virus. But, recent reports say this year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective. Rigler said it takes about two weeks for the body to react to the killed virus in the vaccine to build up an immunity.
The NHS explains that the main symptoms include a fever of more than 38C, a chesty cough, headache, tiredness and aching muscles as well as a sore throat, runny nose and sneezing.
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But health officials said people should still take steps to protect themselves.
Flu season started early this year and is gaining steam.
Doctors say what happens in the US with flu season tends to mirror what happened in the southern hemisphere.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that past year in the United States alone, 25 million people suffered from influenza-related illnesses, resulting in 11 million flu-associated medical visits.
Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots, are vaccines that protect against influenza.