It may not sound like a disaster, since this year's flu shot is only 10 percent effective against the difficult-to-stop H3N2 strain. "They present with the typical symptoms of fever chills cough sore throat muscle aches".
Winter is in the air and so is flu season, especially in the South.
"We have probably given an excessive 300 flu shots so far and we still have flu shots", Sheila Hubenka, a TB charge nurse with the health district said.
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There's nothing like all the hugs, kisses and displays of affection we're sure to get from family and friends during various holiday parties, family gatherings and visits with friends and neighbors. "It's a good guess that H3N2 will predominate, and that's worrisome", he said.
Dr. Marc Siegel is an infectious diseases expert from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "I believe there is a booster effect, although I can't prove that". "Getting an annual flu vaccination protects seniors, and everyone around them, too, including their grandchildren".
This week is influenza awareness week and with three months of flu season left the goal is to stop those numbers from going up. The cost of adult flu vaccine is $25.00. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".
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Experts say that 24 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 135.
In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small airways in the lung, and pneumonia, infection of the lungs, in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.
Each flu season is unique; the timing of the peak activity and how severe a season will be are hard to predict, making it very important to protect yourself against flu as early as possible.
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"When we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely", said Schaffner, who was not involved in the CDC research, though he is a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops recommendations on the use of vaccines for the CDC.