Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in South Carolina

Health Officials: 22 more die from flu in South Carolina

"In view of the issues surrounding colds and flu that seem to be hitting our section, we are repeating the efforts to thoroughly clean and sanitize our schools", Scully said in a statement.

Small, everyday actions can help avoid infection. "But it is a signal of how very intense the flu season has been". Still, the vaccine has been particularly effective in children younger than 9 years old, reducing the prevalence of flu cases serious enough to require medical attention by 59 percent. That's because that strain, the influenza A virus known as H3N2, can change more rapidly than any other flu viruses transmitted among humans, allowing it to evade the body's immune system. The NYSDOH indicates that there was a two-percent increase in flu-related hospitalization in the past week.

According to Stumpf, the West Milford Health Department has administered more than 270 flu vaccines and still has flu vaccine available for those who wish to be immunized.

As Haverhill mourns the death of a Golden Hill 6-year-old from flu-related complications, city officials are doing what they can to keep the community healthy.

Residents with Mass Health are also eligible to receive a vaccination at no cost. Some people, including young children, may have diarrhea and vomiting.

Flu activity in Louisiana continues to be high throughout the state. Of those patients hospitalized with an A strain infection, almost 86 percent were caused by the H3N2 strain.

Each year, health officials must choose the three or four influenza strains that vaccine makers should target for an upcoming season. "Everybody should get a vaccine because even when it doesn't work great, it's still a preventative", Solomon said.

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She said that despite never having the flu, the symptoms were worse than she ever expected.

Flu viruses can cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to death.

According to preliminary figures shown by the CDC on Thursday, the vaccine is even less accurate than previously thought.

Although the flu vaccine in the U.S.is 36% effective overall, Schuchat said it's been only 25 percent effective against H3N2, but over 60 percent effective against H1N1.

Scott Hensley, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania who studies flu vaccines, said this year's vaccine is about as effective against H3N2 as last year's was, but it's still valuable to get the shot.

Last week, Gov. Cuomo directed the state health commission to authorize an emergency funding to all 62 counties in New York State.

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