Flu Vaccine Less Effective Than Earlier Estimates

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From January 29 to February 10, nearly 4,000 flu vaccines have been administered to Louisianians at no cost to the public.

Federal health officials say that, as they anticipated, the flu vaccine isn't very effective this year - but they say it has still prevented thousands of serious illnesses and deaths.

The vaccine was more effective against H1N1, which is also circulating. He said that influenza B surpassed influenza A last week for the first time this season.

The flu shot's overall effectiveness against all strains was pegged at 36 percent, the CDC said. He said he hoped it was "a "tipping point" that will finally galvanize some long-needed improvements in how we produce this vaccine".

"For this season, only 20 percent [of children who died from the flu] have been vaccinated, and half of these children were otherwise healthy", he said.

Though there were 516 influenza-like-illness cases reported at this time a year ago in the county, only 5,417 cases were reported statewide, a little more than half of this season's state total. Studies in those two countries showed the vaccine only prevented 10 percent or 17 percent of H3N2 cases.

The Department of Health urges everyone over the age of six months, including pregnant women, to get the shot. These numbers surpass any other flu season since the OSDH began tracking in 2009.

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According to the New Jersey Department of Health, every region of the state is reporting a high activity level of influenza.

This year, middle-aged people are being stricken at almost twice the rate seen in 2014-2015, although health officials aren't sure why.

The CDC scientists also note that a person's immune response to a vaccine depends in part on age, vaccination history and previous infections.

Severe symptoms of the flu are high fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, confusion, sudden dizziness, severe vomiting or starting to feel better and then suddenly getting much worse.

As mandated by the state, county public health agencies receive information only on pediatric deaths caused by the flu.

People who have the flu should stay home. According to the CDC, 11 states require that all healthcare employers must offer their employees free flu shots, while seven states must "ensure that healthcare workers are vaccinated against [the] flu".

The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu symptoms has topped 4,200.

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