CDC unsure if flu season has peaked

The Flu is Killing Up to 4,000 Americans a WeekMore

The Flu is Killing Up to 4,000 Americans a WeekMore

Last year, only 698 cases of the flu were reported in all.

To get some answers, we spoke with Dr. Maria Lopez-Cantor, an internal specialist at New York University's Langone Health, over email. Specifically, he cited "a more scientific process" for choosing the strains in the vaccine, including "understanding the evolution of the virus and using computational tools to predict what flu strains are coming".

According to the most recent CDC report for the last week of January, ten percent of all deaths in the country were related to the flu. The egg protein in the vaccine isn't enough to set off allergic reactions in most people. So far, approximately 2,900 Texans have died from pneumonia or flu-related causes.

Influenza is a viral infection of the respiratory tract and is spread by droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets. "Studies show even if you get the flu after being vaccinated, you're less likely to be hospitalized or develop severe complications".

Budd said influenza A H3N2 is the predominant strain of the virus this season, which is often linked with higher mortality and hospitalization rates among older adults and young children, though influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 and influenza B viruses are circulating as well. "Some children 6 months to 8 years of age need two doses of the flu vaccine to adequately protect them". However, even if there is a "bad" match, the vaccine can still provide some protection. The hot soup can helps break up the congestion associated with both colds and the flu. "Hoosiers should do everything they can to protect themselves and their families, including getting a flu vaccine and staying home if they're sick". Reports from Australia indicate the flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective against influenza A (H3) and 33 percent effective overall this year. They say it is not too late to be immunized.

When treatment is started within two days of becoming sick with flu symptoms, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by about one day, according to the CDC. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist which medication is right for you. "The vaccine contains enough proteins from the shell of weakened virus, and therefore, non-infectious, to trigger an immune response", Dr. Lopez explains.

For anyone who demonstrates flu-like symptoms such as a fever, chills, profound fatigue or weakness, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, congestion and cough, they should remain in their place of residence and rest until they are fever free for at least 24 hours.

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