First death of Florida flu season confirmed

Cases of flu higher than normal, according to CDC

'Continued efforts are needed to increase the percentage of the population vaccinated during the next few months in order to reduce the burden of flu, ' the authors of the CDC report said. Those infections led to 371 hospitalizations, 21 ICU admissions, and eight deaths.

The best protection against the flu is the flu vaccine.

The report stated that Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Oklahoma have reported widespread activity during the week ending November 25. Despite that guidance, less than half of Americans have received a shot this season. Common concerns focus on efficacy of the vaccine and side effects. "The vaccine doesn't work as well for H3N2 viruses in general".

Experts believe the flu virus is spread when a sick person talks, sneezes or coughs.

Fortunately, no other deaths have been reported in connection with the flu. "We want to help educate grandparents to understand the seriousness of the flu and their higher risk of developing complications from this unsafe and potentially deadly disease".

"It is recommended you get your flu shot starting in the fall", Walz said.

"People from those areas are getting ready to travel for the winter holidays, and they'll bring flu with them", Mills said.

Many mothers-to-be, though, have not heeded this advice. As health officials rushed to contain the outbreak, the CDC admitted that the 2014 flu vaccine did not protect well against H3N2 - it had just seven percent chance of protection. If passed, the legislation would protect healthcare professionals from being fired for refusing a flu shot. Extremely rare severe allergic reactions can also occur, according to the CDC.

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"Getting the flu is an very bad experience".

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases.

"Everyone should get vaccinated every year it's for the best for them and for everyone as a whole", Beard.

"Because there is a risk, there should be a choice", Smith said. "The people who are most vulnerable are the elderly and children and women who are pregnant".

More than 7,000 cases of the flu have already been confirmed in the U.S. The number of influenza-associated hospitalizations reported in individuals in the 65 years and older age group is almost double the average number of cases reported over the past five flu seasons.

It is impossible to contract a case of flu from the vaccine. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season. And there are a lot of H1N1 and B viruses out there", Brammer said.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said that vaccine effectiveness is not a simple measure.

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