Connecticut Reports its First Flu-Related Death This Season


"They can go, here at the health department", said Roberts. Some experts say this year's flu shot might not prevent the illness for nine out of 10 people.

'Continued efforts are needed to increase the percentage of the population vaccinated during the next few months in order to reduce the burden of flu, ' the authors of the CDC report said. This flu season, there have already been five pediatric deaths in the USA due to flu.

"This is more typical of what we see most years", Shahab said.

"They have a less tropical climate, one that's more like ours", Patel said in a news release.

Mandel says it's hard to know what's behind the spike.

Rigler said it may just be that people are getting the flu earlier in the season than normal.

Most of the influenza viruses characterized during this time were genetically or antigenically similar to the 2017-2018 Northern Hemisphere cell-grown vaccine references viruses. Since Oct. 1, Mountain States hospitals have recorded 80 positive flu cases. "It's still early to make a specific prediction, but all indications point to high flu activity, so it's important that people start getting their flu vaccine now". She advised bed rest with drinking plenty of fluids for those who do get sick.

The vaccine's effectiveness was limited in Australia, only being about 10 percent effective against Influenza A (H3N2), which was the predominate virus experienced there.

"A universal vaccine would use conserved proteins of the virus - so it wouldn't change - or would change very little and then we would have the immunity for a long time", said Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Health System. Although it is hard to predict an influenza season, the authors noted that when A (H3N2) viruses was the dominant influenza strain in past seasons, hospitalizations and deaths were more common and the effectiveness of the vaccine was lower.

Thousands of two and three-year-olds in Kent have not been immunised against flu, despite being eligible for a free vaccine.

"I highly recommend the vaccine", Shelton said, noting that all the health district offices still have plenty of the vaccine available.

Today, H1N1 simply is one of many flu strains that are tracked, and like the others, causes the usual flu symptoms and reappears every so often.

There's also the other method of self-defense: Washing hands. It takes roughly two weeks for the body to develop antibodies after the vaccine is administered, health officials say.