More People May Die from the Flu Each Year Than We Thought

More People May Die from the Flu Each Year Than We Thought

Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor's offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools. The number of confirmed cases is four more than past year during the same span of time.

New Castle County has seen the highest number of confirmed cases with 24 people, while there have been 12 cases in Kent County and 10 cases in Sussex County.

Dr Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Business Insider that the vaccine is, at best, around 10 percent effective on H3N2.

Getting your flu shot can also contribute to "herd immunity" - less cases of the flu overall means more protection for the most vulnerable people in the population: the elderly, children, and individuals with certain allergies who can't get the vaccine.

He was a long-term resident of the care facility and reportedly had other health complications, according to the DPH.

The Ohio Department of Health this week announced that flu activity across the state is increasing.

An increasing trend in flu-related hospitalizations playing out early in the 2017-18 flu season is being seen in Fairfield County.

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In flu research news, a new paper from researchers in Singapore suggests that flu vaccine effectiveness for some influenza A and influenza B viruses drops within 6 months of vaccination. Rodriquez said that her own figures show the flu a year ago doubled its numbers around Jan 22.

Another study published in the summer of 2016 showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk of getting hospitalized from flu by 57 percent. "We know in given years when H3N2 strains predominate, that we're going to have probably a more severe season".

"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said.

Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".

"You gotta remember that the virus mutates and changes and so the few months it takes to develop a flu vaccine by the time that occurs that particular virus may have already morphed and modified into something a little bit different where the virus vaccine won't take effect", said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital.

Otherwise, common sense practices can help you stave off some of the chance of being sick or making others ill, both Lantrip and Rodriquez said.

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