Flu vaccine works better than expected for some

Flu vaccine works better than expected for some

Flu vaccine works better than expected for some

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While the current flu season is considered by many to be one of the worst in recent memory and has so far led to three deaths in Lewis County, Washington seems to have escaped some of the worst outbreaks, said Dr. Rachel Wood, health officer for Lewis County Public Health and Social Services.

Many have voiced concerns that the current flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective, said Rodriguez, but that isn't true.

But the good news is that it works better in kids.

Still, even with lower effectiveness against H3N2, "I would still take 25 percent over nothing any day of the week", Belongia said. In addition to H3N2, influenza B-type viruses are also on the rise - though they are not as severe as H3N2.

The agency announced Thursday that the vaccine is estimated to be 36 percent effective overall and 59 percent effective for children younger than 9. "We urge you more than ever to make sure you are washing your hands frequently, staying home when sick to prevent the spread of the disease to others, and if you have not already done so, to go get your flu vaccine".

The CDC said they believe in the USA, a better indicator is the vaccine's effectiveness previous year.

Additionally, initial reports show that laboratory-confirmed flu cases for the week ending February 10 have again increased to over 1,200.

Most did not even have flu - just 38 percent of them tested positive for flu. The child had experienced flu-like symptoms including fever and difficulty breathing.

The CDC said it is seeing more people aged 50 to 64 being hospitalized, the statement said, and more people are showing up at the hospital with flu-like symptoms, something they haven't seen since 2003-04.

Of those who did have influenza, 43 percent had been vaccinated.

According to this preliminary study, which will be updated at the end of the flu season, the current flu vaccine is not quite as poor as health officials had feared. That data will come later. "That made the vaccine not as effective". The antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses in the vaccine.

The CDC tested the now approved antiviral medications oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu), peramivir (Rapivab) and zanamivir (Relenza Diskhaler) against the now circulating flu strains. Medical officials however, are now warning about a different strain that could increase that number. To minimize pain that can be associated with injections, Connolly used the smallest needle that can accommodate flu vaccine.

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