US Flu Season Reaches Peak, Vaccine Profits Climb

US Flu Season Reaches Peak, Vaccine Profits Climb

Health officials warn that you can still fall ill with another strain of the virus even if you have already been infected with the flu this season.

The Victoria B virus is included in the "three strain" vaccine. "It is advised that if you think you have the flu or an illness similar to the flu, you should stay home, rest, keep warm and drink fluids", Barber said.

Between classes, clubs and sports, the last thing any college student needs is to be knocked out for two weeks from the flu. It is important to get a flu shot every year because the formulation of the vaccine may change to match the predicted circulating strains and one's immune response may decline over time.

Vaccination is one of the best ways known to protect against the flu.

"It's frightful to see your child with a breathing mask on her face", said Stephanie Calvin, 35, of Mandeville, La., whose 4-year-old daughter has been sick with flu for four weeks. The FDA is committed to working together with the scientific and medical communities to better protect the public against the flu and apply lessons learned to next season's flu vaccines.

"Hospitalization rates are significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began nearly a decade ago", Schuchat added.

Amid a flu season that has taken the lives of children across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says recognizing pediatric flu symptoms and early warning signs is vital for parents.

"It was a horror flu season a year ago, a mutation in the flu strain, that led to some tragedies with seniors", Mr Hunt told the Nine Network on Sunday. Bloomstrand says we have many more weeks of the flu season left and urges those who haven't to get vaccinated.

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Both vaccines will be available through the National Immunisation Program Immunisation Program following a recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

The US is now seeing an increase in influenza B activity, Dr Schuchat said.

Once the strains are selected, the FDA produces materials in our laboratories that are critical for making the vaccine. The FDA is also responsible for ensuring that released lots of influenza vaccines meet appropriate standards.

These vaccines grew in cells, not eggs.

People with the flu are infectious for up to seven days after symptoms begin, the Health Department noted. In the meantime, the FDA is collaborating with federal partners and with industry to improve the manufacturing of the current generation of influenza vaccines.

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