Flu Is Now 'Prevalent' In New York

Flu Is Now 'Prevalent' In New York

The number of patients being seen in the emergency departments at Quinte Health Care hospitals is on the rise and is expected to continue to increase over the next few weeks.

The annual peak for flu season is still ahead, but already Southcoast Health doctors are seeing a pickup in the number of cases they have treated.

"Now that flu season has arrived, the best way to protect yourself, your family and your co-workers is to get a flu shot", said Acting Health Commissioner Christopher R. Rinn.

Fauci noted that the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective at fighting the predominant flu strain - Influenza A (H3N2) - making people sick in Australia. "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season".

Some studies of hospitalized flu patients "have suggested that those who were vaccinated had less severe illness than those who were not vaccinated", he said.

"The situation is under control, and there have not been any new reported cases", the GES further assured.

There have been 612 influenza-related hospitalizations reported, and no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza. The state is also seeing regional flu activity.

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Even if you don't have health insurance, county health departments can help you find local clinics that offer free or low-priced vaccinations.

"The Health Department believes regardless of the effectiveness of the vaccine, you still receive protection from vaccine", Oeding said.

Last week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made an urgent plea for better vaccines in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying "longer-term, transformative vaccine approaches are needed to minimise influenza-related morbidity and mortality".

Yet an expert from the state DPH said it's a bit early to push the panic button and declare this season's vaccine ineffective.

There are many common misconceptions with influenza and the flu shot circulating throughout the internet and social media. Residents 18 and older can often get a flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. Despite widespread publicity touting the benefits of being vaccinated, ODH states that roughly three of every five people across the country have not been vaccinated yet this year - including two of every three pregnant women.

When certain people get sick, they are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

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