Flu cases on the rise

13 December, 2017, 06:07 | Author: Colin Gill
  • Flu cases on the rise

Mandel also suggests washing your hands frequently, covering your cough, and getting a flu shot. The United States looks internationally to predict what our flu season will look like.

Right now, the virus is regional, meaning there have been increases in confirmed flu cases in at least two but less than half of the regions in the state.

What's more, American vaccine manufacturers look at the strain hitting Australia when producing the vaccines for the USA, but that strain can mutate within the six to eight months the US industry needs to produce the vaccines. We haven't had any outbreaks at this point. "Whenever we have a season that's predominately H3N2, we tend to have more outbreaks". As Australia had already reported 215,280 influenza cases by mid-October, far more than the 59,022 recorded during its 2009 pandemic, a team disclosed the 10% estimate in a New England Journal of Medicine commentary. A second vaccine for the elderly was licensed for the first time previous year and has an adjuvant.

She said it's not too late to vaccinate, but do it now before your holiday parties.

A flu clinic is being offered December 18 from 1 to 7 p.m.at the Regina Performing Arts Centre.

For scientists like me who study the flu virus as part of the World Health Organization's team responsible for developing the vaccine each year, this time of year is also our "World Series" when we must be on top of our game, ready to prepare the public with the best medical and scientific information available.

Pharmacists can only immunize those nine years of age and older.

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"It's unusual for the same strain to go around for a second year", Shahab said. Instead, the flu vaccine acts by allowing your immune system to create the ability to fight the flu in case you are exposed.

The flu vaccine has to be made six months in advance of flu season because it needs time to grow in eggs, so there's some guess work involved as to which strain we might see.

Practicing good hygiene can offer you and those around you some protection from getting sick.

Getting immunized provides added protection and can prevent hospitalization.

"We need to be prepared, alert and flexible".

Shelton explained that ILI are those with a fever, cough and sore throat without any other defined illness.

"It is very important to limit transmission to those at high risk - especially in long-term care facilities", he said. The CDC estimates that since 2001 flu-related hospitalizations ranged from 140,000 to 710,000 and deaths are estimated from 12,000 to 56,000.


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