Maine has had three flu deaths so far this season, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. According to health officials, in comparison with the flu season of 2018, this year's epidemic started slower, so there's still enough time for everyone to get the flu shot.
"For the current season, the H3N2 strain included in the vaccine has been updated to better match the circulating strain, which will hopefully result in better protection against this strain compared to past year", Durham said. Flu is widespread in most New England states, including MA, according to federal and state health data. With the flu now in its peak season, experts at Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine.
The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County coroner's office said this week that the child died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.
It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet.
Perhaps as a result of that ordeal, Goodman said, "There seemed to be more demand for flu shots this year".
Do I have to get a flu shot every year? The CDC is now reporting a widespread presence of the flu virus in 24 states. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.
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Doctors say 85 percent of kids who died from the flu past year had not been vaccinated. The majority of people who hadn't been vaccinated already, 41 percent of the total sample, said they were not planning to get the shot at all.
Trevor Phillips, Executive Chairman of hVIVO, said in a press release, "The successful achievement of statistical significance in the primary endpoints from two Phase II studies confirms that FLU-v has clinical impact in establishing immunity and disease, symptom and viral load reduction". So far, the current vaccine appears to have worked well in that region and is performing better than last year's vaccine.
The predominant influenza strain affecting adults and children alike this year is H1N1, a serotype of the Influenza A virus that caused the deadly Spanish flu pandemic a century ago and the so-called "swine flu" pandemic of 2009 and 2010. This season's batch, moreover, is being touted as much more effective than last year's. The 64-year-old was not vaccinated.
Medical health officer Rakel Kling told CBC's Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk that the whole province, but the North in particular, are experiencing a higher-than-average rate of influenza this season.
"When someone has the flu, it's also important to watch for potential severe complications", said James Toothman, DO, chief of emergency and trauma medicine at PVH.
The most important thing to remember during cold and flu season is to protect yourself against these germs when you are around other people.