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08 February 2018, 09:35 | Rodolfo Wallace
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"We typically treat those at highest risk, which includes the very young, the very old, pregnant women, and those diagnosed with various chronic diseases".
So, why are mostly elderly people dying from the flu?
"I don't think we have peaked yet", Driscoll said.
"That is a strain that is covered in the influenzavaccine and there's still significant benefit to get a vaccine if you have not had one", says Wheeler.
Unfortunately, our latest tracking data indicate that the flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation, and increasing overall. Additionally, the vaccine effectiveness for A (H3N2) has generally been lower than other strains.
In New York, the CDC confirmed yesterday that flu made two new victims.
So far, there has only been one pediatric death in Hillsborough County caused by the flu.
Communities across Washington also are feeling the effects of a tough flu season.
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25 more people have died from the flu over the last week in San Diego County, according to Health and Human Services.
Experts, including acting CDC director Anne Schuchat, still recommend vaccination, as flu season can last into the spring.
"We have not hit our peak yet, unfortunately", CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said.
"There's some talk of the vaccine being less effective this year". While it is true that flu shots only prevent the flu about 60 percent of the time, the shots often alleviate symptoms of the flu even if the flu does develop.
"We want to make sure that everyone out there is protected". These people can still transmit the flu to people whose immune systems are not as strong, and are encouraged to get the shot to prevent that from happening.
The health district will bill insurance plans for individuals who have insurance, but co-pays and deductibles will not be required. The influenza virus spreads when people with a flu cough, sneeze or talk to others when they are sick.
Visitors exhibiting flu symptoms - including fever, runny nose, cough or sore throat - are not permitted to visit patients in any UM Shore Regional Health facility.
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