Higher vaccine rate attributes to healthier flu season

Flu season

Officials say this season's flu shot is extremely effective against the predominant H1N1 strain

There were some 79,000 deaths, and close to a million hospitalizations.

Further, the Center for Disease Control shows that last flu season, stretching from fall 2017 into spring 2018, almost 200 deaths in Kansas were directly linked to the flu.

Last season, just 38 per cent of Canadian adults got the flu shot, with vaccine uptake varying by age and risk factors for complications, a PHAC spokesperson said.

The New York State Health Department categorized Influenza activity level as "widespread", marking the sixth straight week that widespread activity has been reported.

Regarding hospitalizations for flu, the overall rate rose to 14.8 per 100,000 population, up from 12.4 per 100,000 population the week before. There are many benefits to vaccination, including reducing the risk of flu illness, doctor's visits, hospitalization, and even death in children. Results are shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) to help determine how to formulate the flu vaccine for the following season.

In 2018, the flu spread across the country in one of the worst outbreaks in USA history. Private schools have also closed in additional states, including in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana and West Virginia.

Kentucky is experiencing some of the highest rates of flu in the nation with more than 3,100 confirmed cases. The 2009 H1N1 strain is still dominant in most of the country, except for in the southeast where H3N2 has been more common.

Experts say, if you do get sick, it's the advice you probably hear the most that is the most effective in preventing it spreading to others. The report shows that during the 2018-2019 influenza season from November through January, the flu vaccine has been 72 per cent effective.

The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal influenza which include, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing.

Early treatment has been shown to decrease the severity of illness and help those who have been exposed to individuals infected with the influenza virus, said officials with the Stamford Department of Health. This is impossible. The flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus or no flu virus at all, so it can not give you the flu.

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