First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

First 2 flu-related deaths of season in Washoe County

Five children have died, and an additional 566 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of November 25.

Flu vaccines change yearly in accordance with what doctors predict to be the dominant virus, but the vaccines are around 60 to 80 percent effective in fighting the flu.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a vaccine.

And just a third of pregnant women have received the shot.

"The most predictable thing about flu is that it's unpredictable", Brammer said. A typical case can last close to a week; serious complications include dehydration and pneumonia. "Getting an annual flu vaccination protects seniors, and everyone around them, too, including their grandchildren".

Flu shot rates are lower than hoped this year, new CDC figures reveal as America hurtles towards one of the worst flu seasons in years. Something we all want to avoid but remember even the shot takes time to take effect. The flu vaccine changes each year in anticipation of the strains mostly likely to predominate in the season ahead.

"Everybody's risk is different", Schwartz said.

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Children, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of severe outcomes from influnza infection.

The flu season is finally upon us, but recent reports revealed that this year's flu shot may be ineffective.

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine. Qualifying children and adolescents can receive flu vaccine provided by the Texas Vaccines for Children program.

H3N2 is a subtype of influenza A, viruses which tend to cause more severe disease in some segments of the population, specifically the elderly and young children.

Experts say that 24 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 135.

If you do catch the flu, Brammer suggests taking antivirals such as Tamiflu to reduce the number of days you are sick.

"When we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely", said Schaffner, who was not involved in the CDC research, though he is a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops recommendations on the use of vaccines for the CDC.

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