Seasonal flu kills up to 650000 people worldwide every year

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"It is better than having no protection".

That's the mantra of Dr. Zane Saul, Bridgeport Hospital's chief of infectious disease.

The CDC notes that the 10 percent figure is an Australian interim estimate of the vaccine's benefit against one flu virus - the H3N2 virus - that circulated in Australia during its most recent flu season.

Up to 650,000 deaths a year are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates - that's an increase of up to 30 per cent from a decade ago.

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A nurse administers a drip to flu patients at a hospital in Beijing on December 12, 2005, as the winter malady is causing hospitals to be packed with flu patients. It doesn't work!' " Saul said.

Meanwhile, flu activity in CT is climbing steadily.

Four people in the state have died this flu season, with the Tulsa County flu fatality reported in the past week. There were no deaths.

By mid-October, the number of flu cases reported in Australia had reached 215,280, which far exceeded previous years. Investigators calculated the annual number of seasonal influenza-related deaths for those 33 countries.

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IN has already had one confirmed death this flu season; the victim was under the age of 18.

Vaccination by injection is recommended for every unvaccinated individual who is six months and older for whom there are no contraindications as there is no cure for the flu. "Although the flu numbers from Australia are concerning and bear watching, the implications for the USA are not known at this point". Her advice includes the CDC recommendation to get a flu shot, but she also adheres to low-tech techniques of contagious disease prevention: "good hand-washing techniques, teaching kids not to share their germs, staying home when you're sick and disinfecting common surfaces", she said.

"And we want to do everything we can to prevent that from happening", he said. "It can change for the worse or the better".

"It makes me a little sad that people across the country - especially pregnant women - may not be getting the recommended and appropriate health care", Altmann said. "It may well be that somebody got vaccinated on Monday and on Wednesday they got a cold, and what they'll do is attribute that cold to having received the vaccine, but there's no connection". Getting a flu shot cannot only help you, it can also help the people around you.

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