- The current season's flu shot is better than last season's vaccine and is protecting children relatively well, the CDC said.
In other words, the current vaccine could almost cut in half your odds of getting a severe case of the flu. In a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, investigators examine the impact of flu vaccination during the 2017-2018 season, in which 42% of the United States population received a flu shot. Twenty-eight pediatric influenza-related deaths have been reported to date.
Influenza activity is now widespread in nearly every state in the US, according to data compiled by the CDC.
Webby continued, "The most effective public health tool available to protect individuals from the flu virus is taking the necessary steps to receive the vaccine". "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks".
The department of health says it is not too late to get a flu vaccine.
The CDC is still recommending that people who aren't vaccinated against the flu get a flu shot, since it can help prevent the contraction and transmission of illness and lessen the severity of any sicknesses that do occur.
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According to the CDC, flu activity is high in New York City, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. Last year, the vaccine's effective rate was 32 percent. The team estimated that flu VE against 2009 H1N1 was 46% (95% CI, 30% to 58%) across all ages. Less passings have been ascribed to pneumonia and influenza this season contrasted and ongoing years, the CDC said. "But we're not finished yet", she said.
Douglas County had nine flue deaths during the season. Cook Children's Medical Center has additionally seen flu circumstances climb once more. This year, H1N1 - which is more easily targeted by the flu shot - has been circulating most widely, leading to less-severe and fewer illnesses overall.
- If you have the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities.
The vaccine effectiveness study was published February 15 in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Nebraska, along with most of the country, was experiencing widespread flu activity earlier this month, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.