There is good news, however-despite the relatively low overall vaccine effectiveness, the CDC found that they're 59% effective for children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old. There are as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu during a bad year.
The predominant strain this season is H3N2, which has a more severe impact on the elderly and very young children.
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When asked if people can get the flu from the vaccine, Frampton says an unequivocal: No. "Call 311 for information on how you can still get a flu shot, and contact a doctor immediately if you feel ill".
During the same period, public health laboratories tested 51,014 specimens for influenza virus, of which 84.1% (n=23,257) tested positive for influenza A and 15.9% (n=4,412) tested positive for influenza B viruses. Although as a society we have advanced with cutting-edge research that has greatly improved the way we treat viruses like the flu, this season's outbreak has revealed vulnerabilities in the dispersion of modern medicine.
Mr. Markey and cosponsors of his bill want to funnel $200 million per year to the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a vaccine that shields recipients against all strains of the vaccine. People must get a new vaccine every year to be protected. Circulating flu strains this season are a mix of H3N2, H1N1 and B viruses.
Flu symptoms hit suddenly, but even then, it's best to go to the doctor for an examination. The antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses in the vaccine. This year so far, 63 children have died from influenza.
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"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.
Haverhill school superintendent James Scully sent a message home to parents urging anyone with kids who haven't been vaccinated to take advantage of the city's free flu shots.
Classification of CT geographic activity remains at widespread.
"This is a tragic reminder of how serious the flu can be for some people", Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said in a statement.
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