Death toll from winter flu climbs to 92

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Almost 62,000 flu cases have been reported from October 1, 2017 to February 10, 2018, with 107 deaths.

As has been the case for a number of years now, the H3N2 component of the vaccine is its weakest link.

Those numbers correspond to what was seen previous year in those age groups in the USA and also to vaccine effectiveness estimates from Canada that were released earlier this month.

And according to Morse, who says he has a flu shot every year, even half the country having the vaccine may be enough, making the shot not only worthwhile but important.

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Effectiveness was rated at 67 percent for H1N1 and 42 percent for influenza B strains. In every other age group, the numbers were low, falling in a range that made them essentially ineffective in preventing flu, statistically speaking.

More than 61,000 Pennsylvanians have confirmed cases of the flu and 7.7 percent of Americans have sought the help of a health professional for flu-like illness.

In response to her death, Douglas County's Emergency Management Agency issued a Facebook statement asking for people to make sure they get flu vaccines to protect themselves from a virus strain. The vaccine was only 25 percent effective against that type.

The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu shot. That is especially true of H1N1; only about 8 percent of people who had a positive flu test this season were infected with viruses from that influenza A family.

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"Even with current vaccine effectiveness estimates, vaccination will still prevent influenza illness, including thousands of hospitalizations and deaths", scientists from the CDC reported in the issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published Thursday.

Over the past five years, the flu season has lasted 11 to 20 weeks, but this is only week 12, and flu activity is still increasing. While to the average, healthy college student the flu means missing class for a few days, for so many it poses a much higher risk. That statistic includes 63 pediatric deaths reported this season alone.

Scientists think part of the reason for that has to do with when people are born and what kind of flu viruses they're first exposed to in life.

The HSE said:"Influenza vaccine is available free of charge from Global Positioning System for all people in at risk groups, and from pharmacists for everyone in at risk groups aged 18 years and over".

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