Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

11th Confirmed Flu-Related Death in Delaware

11th Confirmed Flu-Related Death in Delaware

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures that, overall, the flu vaccine is 36 percent effective at preventing disease. The CDC estimated the shot was about 67 percent effective against the H1N1 strain of flu. The numbers were worse for H3N2.

"In severe seasons in the past over 700,000 people have been hospitalized and 56,000 people died from influenza". "Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine - not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications". Some people, including young children, may have diarrhea and vomiting.

The vaccine is available to anyone who has not yet received a vaccine this flu season. "It's better than nothing", she said.

Still, even with lower effectiveness against H3N2, "I would still take 25 percent over nothing any day of the week", Belongia said. Everybody else got no statistically significant benefit. In addition to H3N2, influenza B-type viruses are also on the rise - though they are not as severe as H3N2. In general, viruses in the influenza B family cause less serious illness than those in the A group. Typically the very old, very young, and immuno-compromised are hit hardest by the flu.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said children are 59 percent less likely to get the virus if they're vaccinated. The CDC estimated that it had led to more than 17,000 hospitalizations through February 3.

So far, there have been more than 8,000 confirmed flu cases in the state this season.

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Almost 3,000 Americans have died from influenza or flu-related complications since the flu season began in October, including 107 Pennsylvanians.

Of those who did have influenza, 43 percent had been vaccinated. Whether it's peaking or not, flu season is still expected to last several more weeks.

A recent government report showed 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. The number of people going to doctors' offices and emergency rooms has surged to levels not reported since the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

The child's death is the first confirmed flu-related pediatric loss of life this flu season, according to the agency.

Anyone who's had the flu knows of that particular kind of misery, which can put people out of commission for days - or worse. New Brunswick has seen 883 reported cases, an increase of 145 cases in a week, resulting in 15 deaths. It's unlikely that there will be a lot of it around next flu season.

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