People Die of Respiratory Diseases Every Year

Dec 14, 2017, 10:21
People Die of Respiratory Diseases Every Year

So his teeth were set on edge by a recent study showing the effectiveness of this year's flu shot could be as low as 10 percent.

Louisiana and MS are still experiencing a high number of people with the flu. It doesn't work!' " Saul said. There have been 612 influenza-related hospitalizations reported.

Meanwhile, flu activity in CT is climbing steadily. The Journal reports that according to the Australian Government Department of Health influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated, and the preliminary estimate of vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) was only 10%. There were no deaths. Likewise, the 257 hospitalizations since the recognized start of the flu season mark a significant increase over the 83 to this point a year ago. The study focused specifically on flu-related respiratory illnesses, but influenza can also worsen chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, or cause other serious complications, including encephalitis and organ failure.

Indiana's State Department of Health has also reported its first flu death of the season. Influenza season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking in February.

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"Much of the influenza that they recognize now that is circulating is a fairly good match with the strains in the vaccine", she says.

Flu season is upon us.

Despite the numbers, Yu says it's always best to take the shot just in case. "The virus changes from month to month".

It's not a harmful defect, but it means that the non-live strain of H3N2 influenza in the injection is slightly different than what's actually circulating in the human population. "If they fail to receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy, postpartum vaccination would also be useful in protecting their infants from the threat of influenza", the authors wrote. "(Centers for Disease Control), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwifes and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season".

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The state has confirmed 46 cases of the flu as of December 2. There were 1,379 cases in Kent County and 998 in Sussex County.

Hartford County was close behind, with 43 cases, and New Haven County was a distant third with 26.

It's still early in the flu season, but three USA states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity.

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