3 more child deaths from flu reported in Minnesota

Medical experts warn about new flu strain emerging

Medical experts warn about new flu strain emerging

Among children 6 months through 8 years old, however, the vaccine's effectiveness is 59 percent, the agency reported.

The vaccine was more effective against H1N1, which is also circulating. And it was 42 percent effective against Type B flu viruses.

And experts say it's still worth getting a flu shot.

"For this season, only 20 percent [of children who died from the flu] have been vaccinated, and half of these children were otherwise healthy", he said.

Effectiveness against the season's dominant strain, the H3N2 strain, was lower at about 25 percent. These numbers surpass any other flu season since the OSDH began tracking in 2009. One as yet unanswered question is whether those versions of the vaccine were better or worse than vaccine produced in chicken eggs.

According to the most recent reports from state health departments, the flu is still a potent force in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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This year, middle-aged people are being stricken at almost twice the rate seen in 2014-2015, although health officials aren't sure why. Herd immunity is one of the strongest ways to keep the illness from spreading in general, but severely important to the elderly, very young children and other high-risk individuals. A total of 11,230 people have died from the flu this season alone.

This year we are seeing a lot more influenza like illness due to the widespread flu activity we are experiencing in the surrounding community.

She would also like to remind you to be kind to the nurses and doctors who are working long hours on their feet to see an overwhelming amount of patients this flu season.

"The way I liken it is, if you don't have a flu shot you might fall off a three story building, and if you have a flu shot and get the flu, you might fall off a three foot building". In patients at a higher risk, the elderly, small children, people with chronic illness or compromised immune systems, health officials say the vaccine can help.

AHS says 242 people were brought to Central Alberta hospitals with lab-confirmed influenza this season; 2,328 people were admitted to hospital provincewide.

Vaccine effectiveness is tricky to measure, because there is no way to know how many vaccinated people never got ill at all. Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

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