State confirms first flu death of 2017 in New Castle man
- Author: Jermaine Castillo Dec 14, 2017,
Dec 14, 2017, 10:19
According to the centers for disease control and prevention, more than 7-thousand cases of the flu have been confirmed- which is double compared to the numbers from past year. High flu activity has continued in 3 states - Louisiana, Mississippi, and SC - and laboratory testing of respiratory specimens shows that influenza A (H3N2) has continued to be predominant this flu season.
Officials say over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric influenza deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 influenza-related hospitalizations each season.
The New York State Department of Health announced that influenza is prevalent in the state on Wednesday. The victim was a state resident over 65 years of age; health officials have not released any other details. Doctors are reporting that this year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective but they also say this number is better than zero and they still suggest it.
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The New England Journal of Medicine study is based largely on reports from Australia, which gets the flu season before this side of the world.
The county says the vaccine is available at its Division of Health main clinic at 2716 W. Central. Roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population opts for the vaccine every year, and the CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country. From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 6, the main clinic is hosting a flu shot clinic. The study authors examined 3,441 infants born in 117 Osaka hospitals before the 2013-2014 flu season.
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In Connecticut, influenza A viruses are dominating in the state, as they are nationwide.
"(It) evokes the complications of pneumonia, hospitalization, and-I'm afraid to say-dying, so if you need another reason to be vaccinated, you've got it", he explained. Also, those who get the shot and contract influenza A (H3N2) will likely recover faster than those who don't get vaccinated.
The CDC notes that the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women as well as breastfeeding mothers, who can reduce their risk of catching the flu and passing it on to their infants by receiving a flu shot.
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