The U.S. CDC is estimating that 10-14 million Americans have contracted the flu this season, with roughly 100,000 hospitalizations and 10,000 deaths.
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ME now has confirmed 1,700 influenza cases since flu season began in October.
Over the last three weeks, there have been 916 cases of Influenza A, 687 or Influenza B and 450 cases of RSV, a common respiratory virus, the INSP said on Tuesday. CDC reported that 5.8% of deaths during the week of January 4, 2020 were related to pneumonia and influenza, which is below the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for the comparable week. Flu cases often peak between December and February. When it comes to Influenza B, 75% of the cases involved people who were not vaccinated. However, Indiana has not seen any pediatric deaths yet. "There are more children who have died [this year] at the same point in time as previous years". "It's not a very good match for B/Victoria, ' said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reported CNN".More news: SpaceX Crew Dragon ready for final key test before astronaut's launch
Piedra said that the issue will be how well the vaccine virus responds to the type of virus circulating, noting that influenza vaccine efficacy against B viruses is typically around 60%. "Almost every year, one of the viruses is not perfectly matched".
The CDC reports more than 30 children in the US have already died from the flue this season and while you may not be 100 percent protected if you get the flu shot, Alvarado points out odds that make it worth your time to take the precaution.More news: Queen To Headline Australian Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
"If you receive the flu vaccine your chance of severe complications from the flu is drastically reduced", added Richards. People can take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or elbow and avoiding touching their face.