Sees first flu death of the season

01 December, 2017, 06:35 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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That could change, since flu season typically peaks between December and February.

There have already been quite a few cases of flu in CT, and the early indicators say it's only going to be a bad flu season. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The flu is raging in Oklahoma, compared to other states.

One rationale for the arduous flu season may be that this year's presently developed vaccine may have disparate to the flu drain may have wound up propagating creating the vaccinations unproductive at intercepting the outbreak.

The state Department of Health and Human Services reports the latest deaths have raised the death toll for the 2017-2018 flu season to five.


To create a vaccine for each flu strain, manufacturers grow billions of WHO-selected viruses in chicken eggs, STAT reports. Americans are receiving the same vaccine.

FACT: Simply put, the flu vaccine is the best protection you can get.

Nationwide, 89 people died of influenza between October 7 and November 4, according to the National Center for Health Statistics' pneumonia and influenza mortality surveillance reports. According to the CDC, 40,000 lives were saved by flu vaccines from 2005 to 2014. Scientists manipulate these home-grown viruses to make them benign, or create a chemical lookalike, which-in the form of a vaccine-gives our immune systems a head start to prepare itself for future microbial invaders.

Quadrivalent vaccine These flu vaccines protect against four strains of influenza-two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. Including a second strain of influenza B provides broader protection.

A commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week estimated that current vaccines are only 10% effective against this year's main flu strain, called H3N2. The authors stated rather than focusing on short-term improvements of the common vaccine, they instead hope "to achieve the ultimate objective of a universal influenza vaccine" through using a diverse group of experts and resources. And the United States has the same vaccine. It may be several years before a universal flu vaccine is available. Dr. Fauci stated that developing a universal vaccine should be a high priority.

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