This season's flu shot far more effective than last year's, researchers find

This season's flu shot far more effective than last year's, researchers find

This season's flu shot far more effective than last year's, researchers find

A total of 23 people in North Carolina have died from the flu this season, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The flulike illness surveillance map, which also tracks clinic visits for flu, shows that activity is high in 18 states, up from 9 in the previous week.

"Though we have seen a decrease in cases we are still being diligent", she said.

Some experts said the nationwide death toll in the 2017-2018 season - 79,400 - was second only to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

Commonly called the flu, the Centers for Disease Control website says the influenza season generally begins in October and can last through May.

In the 2017-18 influenza season, there were 29 influenza-related deaths in Iowa almost 600 hospitalizations by January 13.

"As the season goes on we really get an idea of what strain is circulating and when we saw that was the case, we're seeing what we expected, that it would be younger and middle-aged people that were struck with worse illnesses from the flu", said Waters.

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Thirty-six states are now reporting widespread geographical flu activity.

Past year in January, the practice tested 268 patients and saw 107 positive results with Influenza B being the most common.

Influenza has an abrupt onset, typically with a fever or chills, muscle or body aches including a headache and fatigue. This is the overall rate with a higher proportion of people who are 65 and older requiring hospitalization (38.3 per every 100,000), followed by children up to age 4 (26.5 per every 100,000).

The mid-season vaccine efficacy estimate was only 20 per cent a year ago during the H3N2-dominant flu epidemic, the study said.

That can also shorten the course of your illness and lower the odds that you'll have serious complications from the flu, he says. He says it is important that as we reach peak flu season that people who are sick stay home, especially ill school children.

Skowronski said last season's flu shot was less than 20 per cent effective in preventing Canadians from getting sick during what turned out to be an H3N2-dominant epidemic. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands.

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