This brings to 64 the number of influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported to the CDC so far in the 2018-2019 flu season.
The CDC recently estimated the vaccine "reduced the risk of medically attended influenza-related illness by nearly half (47 percent) in vaccinated people this year".
Flu season will apparently continue well into April and even May in the United States this year as the virus remains widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly report. All of them were people over the age of 50.
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Hospitalization rates are a lot lower than last season, the CDC said.
Preliminary data from the CDC show this season's flu vaccines have been a better match for the particular strains of the flu virus going around now than the vaccines available past year.
According to the CDC's most recent weekly report, a total of 10,567 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported between October 1, 2018 and March 2 with an overall hospitalization rate of 36.6 per 100,000 population.
"H3N2, in general, produces more severe disease", he said. For adults, the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza during the week ending February 23 was 7.5%, slightly above the usual threshold of 7.3% for this time of year. People over 65, children under 2 and individuals with medical conditions should also get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia.More news: Hallmark axes Lori Loughlin following college bribery arrest
Common flu symptoms include cough, fever and a runny nose, and it can be treated with antiviral drugs.
"Although it's not ideal, it still prevents many, many infections, and even if you should get influenza despite having received the vaccine, it tends to make a less severe infection".
Cutler added it can take up to two weeks after receiving the shot to build up immunity, so it is preferable to get the shot as soon as possible.More news: Wall Street ekes out gains at open after inflation data