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MA health officials are urging vaccination.
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. According to the CDC the benefits, on the other hand, include a substantially reduced risk of catching the flu as well as reducing the severity of the flu if you contract it, which is especially important this season given the nationwide Tamiflu shortage.
The rate of transmission remains high based on information from hospitals and doctor offices, said state epidemiologist Dirk Haselow. To date, there have been 17 influenza-related deaths reported in Allen County in 2018. The high-dose flu shot recommended for those 65 years and older is $47 and is covered by Medicare. "We look at it all kinds of ways and different survey systems", she said.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness, spread by a virus.
Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to predominate within the United States and CT although influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B viruses are also being reported.
Public health officials remind the public that there are several weeks remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase.
"The influenza vaccine is meant to provide protection against multiple strains of influenza". And flu activity had been increasing every week since November.
"CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks", the agency said in its report. OR and Hawaii, the exceptions, both recorded regional activity for the fifth week of the year.
The report says most laboratory-confirmed cases of flu so far this season, that began in October and is expected to last 12 more weeks, where found to be the strain H3N2. While that's still among the highest levels in the decade, it's not getting worse.
For the week ending February 10, New Jersey reported high flu activity across the state. H3N2 commonly leads to more severe illness and more hospitalizations, according to Schuchat. Of the influenza A viruses, 89.9% were influenza A (H3N2) and 10.1% were influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses.
For the week ending January 27, a little less than 10 per cent of USA death certificates listed flu or pneumonia as the cause of death. There were 203 related deaths.
Amid one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, U.S. Sen. We need to "keep being vigilant", she said. The vaccines are less effective, about 25%, at preventing illnesses caused by the dominant virus behind this year's epidemic, the report said.
The Department of Health recommends New Mexicans talk with their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting the flu vaccine.
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