Flu Shot Numbers Show Increase Over Last Year: Haggie

Two children die from the flu in Kentucky

Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years and it is taking two weeks before it is effective, the California Department of Public Health website states it is "not too late to get a vaccination".

Boonville R-1 School District closed Friday due to a high number staff and students with the flu, according to Boonville officials.

CT is still four to six weeks out from peak flu season, but in just the last three months the state has seen more than one thousand confirmed flu cases.

Public health officials continued to press the public to get flu shots, saying it wasn't too late, and that the vaccine offered ideal protection against three of the four strains.

California provides weekly public health epidemic tracking through 68 enrolled "Sentinel Providers" (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) located in all 58 California counties.

Statewide, hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed with patients suffering flu-like symptoms, with the number now standing at 7.4 percent - well above the usual threshold of 5 percent.

"Flu activity has been very high around the country this season and is widespread in Tennessee right now", Chambers said.

The DPH said there's be a steep increase in the number of hospitalizations.

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They said there were 60 deaths a year ago. Of the 8,432 cases tested in the flu year's 13 week ending January 6, there were 3,269, or 38.8 percent, that were tested positive for influenza. That means the number of weekly cases is expected to triple and the peak number of deaths could be substantially higher. "If you haven't been immunized, there's still a vaccine available, and go ahead and get immunized".

"This year's flu virus appears to be affecting older persons especially hard", Pino said. Tolland County reported 38 cases of flu, while Windham saw 13. Last year, the flu vaccine was 39 percent effective. "Whatever the strains that are out there, the efficacy of the vaccine is really only apparent at the end of the season, and your best defence against flu is the flu shot".

CHOA is now under visitor restrictions to protect patients from the cold and flu season, a spokeswoman said.

Anton encouraged people to get flu shots if they haven't already and, if infected, to stay home and be aware.

The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky, and in the 36 deaths, is Influenza A, according to the department.

It takes about 2 weeks following the administration of the vaccine for the recipient to develop protection from the flu.

Health officials also urged people to continue to practice good hygiene such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth, and staying home if sick.

The most widely circulating flu strain, Type A, subtype H3N2, is this year's most unsafe.

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