When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu virus spreads through the community. At this time a year ago, there were 42 confirmed cases and 15 hospitalizations, health officials said.
New Castle County has seen the highest number of confirmed cases with 24 people, while there have been 12 cases in Kent County and 10 cases in Sussex County.
Fauci noted that the flu vaccine was only 10 per cent effective at fighting the predominant flu strain - Influenza A (H3N2) - making people sick in Australia.
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Those include infants six months and under, Children under the age of five, especially those younger than two, adults 65 and older, and people who have medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease, blood disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, etc., she said. As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, United States health officials said yesterday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll.
An increasing trend in flu-related hospitalizations playing out early in the 2017-18 flu season is being seen in Fairfield County.
The CDC notes that the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women as well as breastfeeding mothers, who can reduce their risk of catching the flu and passing it on to their infants by receiving a flu shot. Rodriquez said that her own figures show the flu past year doubled its numbers around Jan 22. Connecticut health officials have reported that 77 patients have been hospitalized with the flu thus far this season, with 59 having fallen ill from influenza A. Furthermore, Connecticut has had 197 influenza positive laboratory tests.
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Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed. Statewide, there have been five confirmed flu-related deaths , but none in Yakima County, Sixberry said.
In flu research news, a new paper from researchers in Singapore suggests that flu vaccine effectiveness for some influenza A and influenza B viruses drops within 6 months of vaccination.
Gov. John Carney was one of hundreds of Delawareans who got their flu shot at DHSS's Drive-Thru Flu Clinic in Dover earlier this fall. Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated.
DE has confirmed its first flu death of 2017 in a 47-year-old man from New Castle County, state health officials said Wednesday. "Don't care so much if a kid has a sniffle for a couple days, and we know that in previous years our vaccine has been effective, maybe somewhere between 50 and 80% of stopping serious illness and death, which is pretty good, because that's really what you want to stop".
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