It can lessen the severity of symptoms for those who do catch H3N2, and is more effective in preventing influenza B viruses. Against H3N2, the vaccine was 51 percent effective in children ages 6 months to 8 years. These numbers do not include all the people who have had the flu, as many do not see a doctor when sick. This year, vaccines are preventing 36% of those illnesses, the new report said. The season officially ends in May.
Activity levels are based on outpatient visits due to influenza-like illnesses and are compared to visits to physicians for similar illnesses during weeks with little or no spread of the influenza virus. MA health officials are urging vaccination.
The vaccine was more effective against H1N1, which is also circulating.
There's only been one other time in the last decade when the flu vaccine did a worse job. That would be 2014-2015, when the CDC reported a 19% flu prevention rate and blamed a mismatch between the strains in the vaccine and the ones causing illness.
"That's higher than we typically see for H3N2", said Ed Belongia, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin. "But it is a signal of how very intense the flu season has been".
Children's vulnerability is of special concern this season.
While it's not too late to get a flu shot, she said it looked like outbreaks in the region had likely hit their high point for this flu season.
Last flu season, there were two confirmed pediatric flu-related deaths in MA. States are not required to report adult flu deaths.
Others question the vaccine's effectiveness. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, underscored this effectiveness by sharing that tragically, three-quarters of the 63 children who have died from influenza infections this year in the United States were not vaccinated.
A new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine found that chances of a heart attack are increased six-fold during the first seven days after a flu infection.
To schedule an appointment to receive a vaccination, find the Parish Health Unit nearest to you by visiting http://ldh.la.gov/FightTheFlu and then call to schedule your visit.
"I urge everyone to get their child or children immunized", Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said.
The CDC warns individuals that flu symptoms come on suddenly. In 2009-2010, influenza took the lives of 113 children in the U.S. That "may make you better able to respond to that type of virus decades later", yet less able to fight off other strains. "There is an adequate supply of flu vaccine".
The flu virus is spread through droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose and mouth.
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