Iowa flu death toll triple what it was past year

Number of flu cases in Missouri still in thousands but slowly decreasing

Getting the flu vaccine every year and encouraging others to do the same is the "single most important thing" anyone can do to minimize the impact of influenza, Schaffner said.

Last week, there were half as many new cases of H3N2 as the week before, but the strain's decline is "basically mirroring the increase in influenza B", says CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund. According to a February 17 flu report issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the 2017-2018 season has seen the highest number of influenza-associated hospitalizations in a single season for Colorado.

"By looking closely at the available data and applying the lessons we learn each flu season to the vaccine development process, we offer the greatest chance of developing vaccines that even more effectively prevent the flu in the future", Gottlieb said in a statement.

The second shot may be necessary if parents have a child under eight-years-old who got vaccinated for the first time this season.

"We lose track of how many people have a less severe illness because of the vaccine", she said. "Unfortunately, there will be another flu season to come".

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Some theories: Maybe protection against H3N2 requires "a higher amount of H3N2 antigen to elicit a proper immune response", compared to that needed against other strains, Gottlieb said. By comparison it is 42 percent effective against influenza Type B viruses in Europe. Our scientists are now working internally and collaborating with others inside and outside of the federal government to understand all of these findings.

While this scientific work is underway, the composition of next season's flu vaccines will be the subject of an FDA advisory committee meeting March 1, 2018. World Health Organization has recommended changing two of the strains now contained in this year's influenza vaccines for the Northern Hemisphere. According to recent research, it's probably not that US government scientists picked the wrong flu strains as their vaccine target.

"If you get a flu-like illness, and especially if you have an underlying medical condition, we recommend you make that phone call to your doctor for an antiviral". "There's still room for us to improve and get better and make a better vaccine". People who are very sick with flu-like symptoms and those who are at high risk of serious flu complications should see a healthcare professional as soon as possible to see if they should be treated with antiviral drugs.

"Pneumonia is a very common secondary infection that people get after having had the flu and you can only test for flu for a very short period of time", Anton said. And public health officials aren't blaming the vaccine for causing this season's nasty epidemic. When a Wisconsin county public health nurse, Anna Treague tells that the vaccination that is in use nowadays are not as effective as the previous one.

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