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State Health Dept. investigates 100 possible flu-related deaths

State Health Dept. investigates 100 possible flu-related deaths

"Although not 100 percent effective, the flu shot may provide partial immunity and lessen the chance of developing severe illness", said Ferrell.

While it's not too late to get a flu shot, she said it looked like outbreaks in the region had likely hit their high point for this flu season. "Although the initial report of 36 percent overall efficacy for this year's vaccine in the United States that has been reported by our colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is better than some might have predicted, there is still clearly significant room for improvement". It is 59 percent effective in protecting kids ages 6 months through 8 years from the H3N2 flu virus.

"Getting the flu shot is the same kind of sensible precaution as buckling your seatbelt".

"For this season, only 20 percent [of children who died from the flu] have been vaccinated, and half of these children were otherwise healthy", he said.

During week four in Hawaii, two clusters of influenza B were reported to the state department. Flu shots may also be available through individual physicians and at select pharmacies. H3N2 strains are continuing to be dominant during the sixth week of 2018 as they have throughout the season, which began in October. Additionally, officials urge everyone to stay home when sick, wash hands frequently and cough into a sleeve to prevent the spread of flu. "Flu season runs through May, so it is important to have protection as soon as possible".

The CDC researchers estimated that flu vaccine has cut the risk of flu by about one-third among those vaccinated.

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This year, middle-aged people are being stricken at almost twice the rate seen in 2014-2015, although health officials aren't sure why. This strain can be particularly hard on the very young, people over age 65, or those with existing medical conditions.

"CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination because the vaccine can still prevent some infections with now circulating influenza viruses, which are expected to continue circulating for several weeks", the agency said in its report. Those with flu-like symptoms should remain at home until 24 hours have passed without a fever.

The 15 deaths were reported to the Health Department in a seven-day span ending Tuesday. According to the CDC's website, up to 166 million flu vaccines were produced this year.

Meanwhile, during the sixth week of the year, 7.5% of people who visited their doctors complained of flu-like illness.

Hospitals have reported an increase in patients who tested positive for flu over the last three weeks, according to the most recent data from the Rhode Island Department of Health.


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