Protect yourself from the chill: Seasonal flu can be fatal

Murrieta child dies of flu-related complications

Protect yourself from the chill: Seasonal flu can be fatal

The county says flu vaccinations are also available to uninsured children up to age 18 and children with state-sponsored insurance plans. They took data from the other 14 countries to validate the estimates yielded by the statistical models.

Dr. Wallace said even if the effectiveness of this year's vaccine is lower than usual, it's still the best way to fight the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that at least 7 states have widespread flu.

In a study conducted in 2016, it showed that people 50 years of age and older who received the flu shot reduced their risk of getting hospitalized due to influenza by 57 percent.

Health officials recommend that everyone six months and older get vaccinated.

The idea that the vaccine does not provide adequate protection against the virus has also been plastered across several headlines. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said. "It always prevents many, many infections. And, since there is some question that the flu might peak around the holidays, my recommendation is to not wait any longer", said Dr. Daniel Skiest, vice-chair of the Department of Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at Baystate Medical Center, in a statement urging people to get vaccinated.

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For the Lancet study, the investigators calculated age-specific mortality rates. "Some regions see more flu A, which is common, some regions more flu B. Once in a while, you'll get a combination of A and B".

More research is needed to tease out the morality contributions of different seasonal flu strains, and modeling methods created to gauge the death-reduction benefits of flu vaccination programs need to factor in differences in flu vaccine effectiveness by subtype, lineage, age, and earlier vaccination history, she added.

The CDC is working hard to address this global problem by strengthening global flu surveillance. The number and percentage of positive tests for influenza B also remains higher for this time of year compared to the same period during the past seven seasons, with five times the number of cumulative detection compared to the same period during the 2014-15, the report adds.

In Texas, 5.6 percent of patients presented with influenza-like illness, below the statewide baseline of 6.3 percent for the past week.

Researchers are still working on calculating non-respiratory causes of flu-related deaths.

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