Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective

Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective

This year's flu had killed 63 children by February 3, the CDC said.

Visit KnockOutFlu.org for places to get your vaccine, weekly flu activity updates, and frequently asked questions and concerns about the flu vaccine. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame. Over the past 10 years, at best it was 60 percent effective and at worst was about 20 percent effective, according to CDC data.

Usually that method doesn't interfere with the efficacy of the vaccine.

Monto noted that the 25% effectiveness against H3N2 is higher than the 10% reported earlier from Australia.

Calling it "an above-average season", Ashley Waite, Lewis County's public health nurse, said there's been an increase of reported flu cases during the past two weeks. "This message was sadly encouraged by the antivaxxer community". OSDH is offering flu vaccinations statewide at no cost to recipients at all county health department sites.

In response to one of the worst influenza seasons in recent years, the Wolf Administration will hold 41 free influenza vaccine clinics at locations across the state throughout the remainder of the month.

"We've got a good vaccine but not a great vaccine". Canadian researchers estimated a 17% effectiveness rate.

It's not clear why the H3N2 component of the vaccine works so poorly. The CDC uses data from the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network - five study sites across the U.S.

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Most did not even have flu - just 38 percent of them tested positive for flu. The portion of patients vaccinated ranged from 45% to 59% among study sites.

"It is not too late to get a flu shot", said Kelli Rader, regional director. More potent yearly vaccines could make it through the pipeline sooner, he said. "We should bring influenza vaccine production up to date. My optimism is that based on reasonable expectations, in 5 to 8 years, we're going to have more and different influenza vaccines".

A total of 32 flu-associated deaths have occurred among Oklahoma children under the age of 18 since 2009.

The state health department only tracks pediatric and pregnancy-related flu deaths.

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. Among hospitalized children with such information, about half had at least one underlying medical condition, with the most common being asthma (22.8%).

"Even with current vaccine effectiveness estimates, vaccination will still prevent influenza illness, including thousands of hospitalizations and deaths".

"We haven't seen a spike, by any means", she said. The flu is a contagious, respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs.

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