The flu bug has come early this season

The flu bug has come early this season

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death.

According to the CDC, the flu is now widespread in four states - Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana and MA. The other two states seeing high influenza volumes are MS and Louisiana.

So far this flu season, New York has had 1,820 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties and all boroughs of New York City. The case rate for Georgetown County was 32 per 100,000, while Florence County had 31. The agency estimates that anywhere from 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide die from seasonal influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year.

But this year's flu shot may not be up to the task.

The county reminds its residents there is no live virus in flu shots and the vaccine can not cause the flu.

In the United States last season, overall vaccine effectiveness against all circulating flu viruses was 39 percent and the effectiveness was only a bit lower, 32 percent, against H3N2 viruses. The best time to receive the influenza vaccine is in October, November and December before the peak of influenza season, as it can take two weeks to become effective. Getting a flu shot cannot only help you, it can also help the people around you.

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Flannery explained that the journal article looked at Australia's most recent flu season and highlights the low vaccine effectiveness against one type of influenza: the H3N2 strain predominating in the USA today.

"As the flu season continues, the Tulsa Health Department encourages all individuals six months and older to get a flu vaccination", the department said in a news release.

Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asian countries also proved to have high flu-related death rates in this population. The "Flu Express" will enable people to and receive the flu vaccine while waiting in their vehicle, without having to get out, weather permitting.

But the reason the 2017 shot isn't preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain is that while scientists were growing the virus in chicken eggs, that strain mutated.

"We still have flu vaccine available, so if you haven't already, now is the time to get your flu vaccination".

"The flu is here and it's out there", says Dr. Earlier projections from the World Health Organization's earlier projections of deaths from seasonal flu - 250,000 to 500,000 per year - "are outdated", according to the study published Wednesday in The Lancet.

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