Health experts say flu vaccine more effective this year


CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018.

Influenza has led to the deaths of at least 24 people this flu season, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

This flu season, which started September 1, is an H1N1 season, and Shahab said health officials are seeing higher rates of the illness among children under the age of five now than in H3N2 seasons.

Health officials in Oklahoma County say a local resident had died from the flu. Moreover, they are getting ready for next season with plans in place to purchase double the amount of anti-flu vaccines in autumn 2019, up from 41,000 previous year to 80,000 for 2019.

Flu shots will also be offered at the Bellmawr Regional Health Center located at 35 Browning Road in Bellmawr on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 4 p.m. "If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, you can still get your flu shot now".

Dr. Warshawsky says this year's influenza vaccine contains the H1N1 strain, which in past years has been shown to be fairly effective in protecting against the H1N1 strains that have circulated in those years.

"I make sure to get a flu shot every single year because when I don't I get really sick", Russell said.

The first and second flu deaths in the county this year were 56 and 66-year-old patients who lived in Dallas and Garland.

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"This particular virus is a match to the strain contained in this year's influenza vaccine", Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, told CTV News.

It's not too late to get an influenza vaccination.

While, as of press time, the health care system had not again restricted children 12 and younger from visiting patients in high-risk units such as pediatric intensive care and hematology/oncology, Lee Health is asking that children not visit hospitalized patients while flu is prevalent, and that anyone with flu symptoms not visit as well.

Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

While Mema says it's close to being the peak of the flu season, it can stick around well into March. She said flu season was a little delayed this year and didn't start until December.

We report these findings back to the CDC, and they use that information to help determine how to formulate future vaccines. Flu cases have also been confirmed at University Park.

He is also urging parents of children who are sick to keep them home until they have recovered.

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process.