Houston reports first flu-related death of child this season

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It said the results showed that the new 2017-18 post-pandemic 2009 H1N1 LAIV strain (A/Slovenia) performed significantly better than the 2015-16 post-pandemic LAIV strain (A/Bolivia).

This winter's flu season is a nasty one, and while it is affecting the nation as a whole, its effects can also be seen right here on Salisbury University's campus.

The CDC reports the flu is to blame for the death of 84 children during this brutal season. The percentage of outpatient visits reported for influenza-like illness remained elevated throughout all regions of the country but declined slightly from 7.7% the previous week to 7.5% in week 6.

The weekly surveillance data for the prior week is released on Wednesdays. Trinity County Public Health reminds residents it is not too late to vaccinate, and urges vaccination for all persons aged 6 months and older.

This is the time of year when the flu strikes.

This flu season has been very active and deadly. "And preferably in two doses at least four weeks apart". Statistics for the third week of January alone reported 7,779 confirmed influenza cases and 1,759 hospitalizations in New York, which have been noted to be the highest reported weekly numbers since 2004, according to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). She says in the end, it is not the prevention method you choose. Hospitals also warn patients that heading to the emergency room should be a last resort rather than a first option. Doctors and nurses are donning masks to cover their mouths to try and avoid catching and spreading germs. Though flu strains vary from flu season to flu season, according to Time.com, this year's dominant flu strain is H3N2, and it is known for being less responsive to the flu vaccine than other strains of influenza.

USA doctors recommend that babies get annual flu shots starting when they're six months old and four doses of the DTaP vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis starting at two months old.

Coined by the New York Times as the worst flu season in almost a decade, the number of flu-related incidences and hospitalizations continues to increase in the US. The state only tracks flu deaths of children.

This year's vaccine effectiveness is estimated to be around 36 percent overall. "It was really easy", she said, "I just went to a CVS in Lawrence and it was very quick". And while these signals aren't as blatant as, say, neon billboards or vehicle signs, they're hard to miss - especially since they're usually accompanied by a sudden energy drain that has been likened many flu sufferers as getting hit by a Mack truck. "CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks". "The shot itself is incapable of causing the disease, that's why it's been perpetuated by people who want a convenient excuse to not be immunized".

Expecting mothers are advised to get the flu shot because their immune system undergoes changes during pregnancy meant to protect the unborn fetus.

"We didn't expect to find any increased risk in these infants", Sukumaran said.

Influenza outbreaks continue throughout communities and schools in Trinity County. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism.

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