Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in SC

Interested in Flu Season? Earlier this year, the CDC estimated it would be about 40%.

The CDC said that the overall effectiveness of this year's vaccine is 36 percent.

More than 61,000 Pennsylvanians have confirmed cases of the flu and 7.7 percent of Americans have sought the help of a health professional for flu-like illness.

"Our best advice is to get a flu shot if you haven't already", Stumpf said.

"Our school nurses are proactively compiling and analyzing information on flu activity year round in their schools", said West Milford Superintendent Alex Anemone. That could explain why children have been responding better to this season's vaccine. The report is based on data from 4,562 patients, including some from MI. There are likely still several more weeks of flu season left, she noted.

More: Is Tamiflu the answer for your flu? The vaccine was only 25 percent effective against that type.

Based on these numbers, the answer is yes.

As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, US health officials said in December, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll. So all the different vaccines on the market are lumped in together in vaccine effectiveness estimates.

Other countries also are experiencing a bad flu season because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the H3N2 virus.

The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu symptoms has topped 4,200.

"The fact that the vaccine doesn't work as well as we would like is clearly a contributing factor", said Dr. William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccine expert. More potent yearly vaccines could make it through the pipeline sooner, he said. It not only protects all the employees from getting ill, but also the residents who may have weakened immune systems from being in contact with as many ill people. But researchers do not have the data they need to recommend one vaccine over another.

NYC Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, MD, could not say whether the children in these specific cases received the flu vaccine. "Do it for yourself, your family and your community", Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told the briefing. He also tried to put the effectiveness rate in perspective: "Imagine if you could reduce your chance of getting in a vehicle crash by 36%".

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