Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

"The vaccines that we have today are not the ones that we'd like to have in 10 years", she said.

According to Stumpf, the West Milford Health Department has administered more than 270 flu vaccines and still has flu vaccine available for those who wish to be immunized. It protected an estimated 67 percent of people who got it from flu bad enough to go to the doctor.

Still, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated, even at this point in the year, because some protection is better than none. This program of free on-site flu shots is fantastic for everyone, and I'm glad a lot of states require it. "Some protection's better than no protection".

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But the early indications help to explain why so many people have fallen ill with the flu in a season that has swamped hospitals across the country and appears on track to set records for hospitalization rates. They are unable to keep track of adult flu deaths. This means that you just walk in, sign a form, get your shot, and you can be on your way in a matter of minutes. Whether you have the flu or not one key preventative measure you can take to avoid getting or spreading the virus is "wash your stinkin' hands", the nurse said. Among these participants, 43% of those testing positive for influenza received the 2017-2018 seasonal influenza vaccine versus 53% of influenza-negative participants, the authors said.

It's only 25 percent effective against the most common strain circulating this year, the H3N2 strain, CDC's Dr. Alicia Fry and colleagues found.

The last group of people are the worst and the most selfish.

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As has been the case for a number of years now, the H3N2 component of the vaccine is its weakest link. Flu vaccines are made using eggs, which is unusual.

Scott Hensley, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania who studies flu vaccines, said this year's vaccine is about as effective against H3N2 as last year's was, but it's still valuable to get the shot. The rest of their family being vaccinated is the first line of defense for that child because the child will come into contact less with potential transmitters of the illness.

The number of confirmed flu cases has almost doubled in St. Lawrence County, from 150 to 285 between October 1 and February 5 this season, compared to 150 during the same period last season.

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