This Year's Flu Vaccine Is More Effective In Young Children, CDC Says

Studies show flu vaccine is less than 40% effective

"It is still your best defense".

The current flu season began on September 1, 2017.

Most illnesses this winter have been caused by a nasty kind of flu called Type A H3N2. "We must enhance our ability to predict the right strain for the next season, produce a more optimal vaccine, and protect all Americans against all strains of this virus". The vaccine provided 59 percent protection against H3N2 in children 8 and younger. "The vaccine's performance in children was better than we expected", she said.

As emergency rooms across the country continue to be swamped with flu patients, ME hospital officials are expecting this year's flu onslaught to become even more severe, according to a Bangor Daily News report.

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Effectiveness was rated at 67 percent for H1N1 and 42 percent for influenza B strains.

Although the vaccine may not stop the flu, it will bolster the body's immune response against the virus, tempering its effects. It protected 42 percent of people against influenza B.

"We want to make sure that we utilize every dose we have if there is someone who wants it", said Welch.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said in a statement Thursday that a preliminary analysis of CDC data and information from patient databases indicate the cell-based vaccines offer better protection against H3N2 this year than the egg-based vaccine. Marshfield is one of five US sites measuring flu vaccine effectiveness.

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

Amid one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, U.S. Sen. She was not involved in the CDC research. This year, vaccines are preventing 36% of those illnesses, the report said. "It seems like it's a little bit lighter on the West Coast". Hospitals in Fauquier and Prince William counties are reporting higher numbers of the illness compared to past year. The illness tracker gave Warrenton a 4.5 out of 10 ranking in level of severity for influenza, and Manassas a 5.

There's only been one other time in the last decade when the flu vaccine did a worse job. In addition, those aged about 50 to 69 are becoming infected and dying at higher rates than usual. A total of 11,230 people have died from the flu this season alone.

Influenza A, or H3N2, is the prevailing strain of influenza in the 2018 season.

Pneumonia and flu-related deaths rose sharply in the first weeks of 2018, accounting for 10 percent of all deaths during the week ending January 20.

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The levels of flu-like illness are around what the USA saw in 2009, another bad year, said acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat.

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