Will County Health Department: 2017-2018 flu season

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12 December, 2017

A group of Australian researchers found that this year's flu vaccine may be just 10 percent effective in keeping the flu and colds at bay.

However, Dr. Izaddoost said this is "fake news". "The flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu and that remains to be the case". Prior to that, the county had logged 34 cases in the entire nine weeks of this year's flu season. When more people are infected with the flu, there's more of a chance that these kids will become infected. US flu vaccines are created to fight the same strain of the virus that spreads during the Australian flu season.

According to surveillance data conducted by the province on influenza rates, confirmed cases this flu season are up 60 per cent compared to the same time a year ago.

Kern County reported two deaths previous year associated with the flu, and had four severe cases. That compared with 157 at the same time past year.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).

It's recommended for most everyone six months and older.

Positive RSV cases represent a third of all RSV tests administered by hospitals in the Yakima area.

In the United States, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Georgia reported an intense flu activity.

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While Shelton also said it's too soon to tell about the flu season and the vaccine's effectiveness, she did note that there's concern over reports from Australia, which is now at the end of its flu season, about a severe outbreak.

"We're expecting a fairly severe flu season", said Swift. "Generally, we do know that influenza and other illnesses are more common in those who are school age and people who are out and about more".

Steven O'Marro, an infection preventionist, says despite possibly being less effective, the flu shot still serves a goal.

There are many varieties of the flu vaccine.

Experts are warning the vaccine may only be around 10% effective. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed.

There's also the other method of self-defense: Washing hands.

To help make the flu shot experience easier, officials advise that individuals can take Tylenol or ibuprofen if they experience mild side effects from the vaccine, which typically last a day or two.


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