Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

21 more flu-related deaths reported in IN, 265 in total

21 more flu-related deaths reported in IN, 265 in total

"We appreciate the community's support in helping us protect patients, visitors, and staff from the spread of the flu during this especially busy influenza season".

On Wednesday, South Carolina released the latest numbers for flu deaths in the state.

"We can not say for sure which virus will be circulating", Wenqing Zhang, head of the WHO's global influenza programme, told AFP.

Most of the season has been dominated by the influenza A virus known as H3N2 that health officials say tends to cause more illness than other flu viruses. The CDC advises that people who are very sick or who are at high risk for serious flu complications should get antiviral medications as soon as flu symptoms appear. Why is this year's flu season so severe?

"We could have six more weeks of flu".

The global system for manufacturing seasonal influenza vaccines was developed during the 1940s to respond to the natural evolution of influenza viruses.

The CDC update also showed there were five influenza related pediatric deaths reported to it this week, bringing the year-to-date total that starts in October to 119 for the week ending March 3.

In a Thursday hearing on Capitol Hill on flu preparedness before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, addressed the development of new flu treatments. In particular, H7N9, seen primarily in China but not in the U.S., is most resistant, he said. Quick compared this to the Spanish flu, which killed 100 million people in 1918.

Of the 112 deaths, 85 were linked to influenza A, and 27 to influenza B.

And this season has been a good reminder that it's worth making the effort to get a flu shot at the beginning of each fall.

Among children aged 6 months through 8 years old, however, the vaccine's effectiveness is 59 percent, the agency reported.

The websites - which falsely claim "influenza epidemic caused by vaccines itself, according to health officials" - said Treague "clearly states that the vaccination is at least part of the problem if not the whole problem".

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