The Flu Isn't Playing Around This Year. Here's How to Fight Back

02/16/2018 04:00 |

The Flu Isn't Playing Around This Year. Here's How to Fight Back

The vaccine is available to anyone who has not yet received a vaccine this flu season. "Almost all of our other vaccines are made by much more modern methods", said Morse, who was not involved with the CDC study. "You might feel body aches or fever".

Previous reports have shown that the old-fashioned technology used to make most flu vaccines - it involves growing the virus in eggs before making it into vaccines - might cause parts of the H3N2 strain to mutate, making it a poor match for the circulating flu viruses.

At this time a year ago, 44 deaths and 3,368 total confirmed cases had been tallied, compared to the 251 deaths and 16,078 cases this season. While the flu shot has not been as effective as we would like it to be, it has been helping to protect against illness and is still the number one way to avoid serious illness.

According to the most recent reports from state health departments, the flu is still a potent force in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Peter's instituted visitation restrictions for children under age 12 and anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or congestion. "We have not seen a significant change on our attendance rate during this flu season that other districts have seen", Fulgoni said. Still, the predominant strain remains an influenza A virus (H3N2).

"Although the majority of cases of influenza-like illness are not reported, so far there have been more than 8,100 laboratory-confirmed cases in the state this flu season", DPH said in a release.

According to, a similar strain called H1N1 was responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic, and the 2009 swine flu outbreak. It is more effective when administered 48 hours from the onset of the symptoms.

Methuen Superintendent of Schools Judith Scannell said her district is similarly attempting to stay ahead of the flu by doing thorough cleanings of school buildings at night and particularly on weekends. "People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures to prevent getting sick". That also goes for adults at work.

Flu activity in Louisiana continues to be high throughout the state.

Scannell had a message for parents: "Do not hesitate if your child is not feeling well to keep them home". "They may be getting a pneumonia, a bacterial pneumonia, after having kind of gotten through the flu", she said. We applaud the smart thinking - while you never want to close school unnecessarily, keeping sick students home and giving them time to recover is important. Children under the age of 6 months can not get vaccinated for the flu, so they need protected in other ways.

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