Some Doctors Concerned Flu Vaccine May Only Reduce Risk By 10 Percent

Some Doctors Concerned Flu Vaccine May Only Reduce Risk By 10 Percent

Some Doctors Concerned Flu Vaccine May Only Reduce Risk By 10 Percent

Louisiana and MS are in the red, signaling a hotbed of flu activity here locally.

Dr. Pritish Tosh from the Mayo Clinic has declared for Daily Mail Online that he considers this year to be a bad flu one. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said getting a shot this year is crucial.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though, has reported that widespread flu activity has been reported in four states: Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma.

"Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths", a team of USA researchers wrote in an article published November 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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.

Influenza season unfolds below the equator between July and October and often is a bellwether of what awaits the Northern Hemisphere.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the USA will be hit by a particular strain of influenza called H3N2, the same strain which has just wreaked havoc in Australia, and was responsible for the four most deadly flu seasons in the last 10 years.

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Darryl Nelson, the chief medical officer for the HCA Midwest Health System, said the system's eight area hospitals have "just started in the last week or two to see a noticeable uptick" in patients with flu-like symptoms. The vaccine has the same formulation as the one in the United States.

The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.

It's official: welcome to flu season.

The CDC estimates that the flu virus has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses in the USA each year since 2010.

"A vaccine that might not prevent you from getting the flu might prevent you from getting a serious complication". The vaccine can reduce the strength of the virus and decrease the risk of hospitalization. According to Bulbin, body weight may be another compromising factor. "But when a person who is dealing with heart failure, diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, they don't have the same kind of reserve capacity to remain well".

Since September, there have been 28 flu associated hospitalizations in Montana. Every year 200 thousand people are hospitalized on average.

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