CDC: Recognizing early flu symptoms in kids is vital

CDC: Recognizing early flu symptoms in kids is vital

In fact, indicators the CDC uses to track influenza-like activity found that this season is similar to the season of high severity in 2014-2015. Many schools have closed in an attempt to control the spread of the illness and doctors' offices are packed with patients seeking diagnosis and antiviral treatment. The FDA is committed to working together with the scientific and medical communities to better protect the public against the flu and apply lessons learned to next season's flu vaccines.

Schaffner characterizes the current vaccine's efficacy numbers as "not bad", and reiterates that vaccination helps prevent severe flu even if it isn't flawless.

Manufacturers have reported they have shipped more than 151 million doses of flu vaccines for this flu season.

A report issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that this year's vaccine is 36 percent effective against all strains of flu, in general, and 59 percent effective among kids 6 months to 8 years old.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus, according to Brunader.

The flu is the culprit behind 67.9 out of every 100,000 hospitalizations as of this week, surpassing rates from the 2014-2015 flu season.

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"Annual vaccination is the most important measure for preventing influenza and its complications and we encourage all Australians to get vaccinated", Mr Hunt said.

"Hospitalization rates are significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began nearly a decade ago", Schuchat added.

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Osterholm's colleagues who are older than 65 opted for the vaccines Fluad and Flublok for the 2017-18 season, he told STAT.

The health center has been advertising "Duck the flu" since 2005 to inform students to get their flu shots and stay healthy through flu season.

However, new research from the University of Chicago and Harvard University has shown that flu vaccine's effectiveness may depend more on what flu strains you've been exposed to over your whole life than on what is in the shot. "We're still at the peak of flu season".

The committee discusses the World Health Organization recommendations but also reviews data about which flu viruses have caused illnesses in the past year, how the viruses are changing and disease trends to select the three or four flu strains that will be included in vaccines for the US. One of the flu strains spreading this season, H3-N2 is affecting children more than most.

The vaccine, we know, the influenza vaccine, is never ideal.

Instead, the vaccine may falter over a phenomenon called the 'original antigenic sin'.

These vaccines grew in cells, not eggs. That's because the vaccine has protective qualities irrespective of strain.

There are differences in symptoms that can help differentiate between the flu and a cold. Drugmakers wouldn't have to update it each year like with current vaccines.

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