How Effective is a Flu Vaccination in Children?

23 January, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Earnest Huff
  • Flu shots are always a good option to avoid the flu

"So far this season, influenza A, or H3N2, has been the most common form of influenza", health department Communicable Disease Program Nurse Manager Sharon Ray said in an email. In New York, state officials say a drastic rise in flu cases hospitalized more than 1,600 this past week, the Associated Press reported.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently estimated that 759 people died of flu-related illnesses between October 7 and December 23. Ten children died in the week ending January 13, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths this flu season to 30.

Not surprisingly, older adults over age 65 comprised the greatest portion of influenza-related hospitalizations, which rose sharply from previous-week estimates (136.5 per 100,000 versus 98.0 per 100,000, respectively).

What's more, the plan said that in order "to continue ongoing influenza surveillance, the CDC would collect data being reported by states, hospitals, and others".

"Since that time, I can tell you that our clinics and our ER have had some flu and flu-like activity". As of January 13, 17,362 lab-confirmed cases have been reported and 5,267 people have been hospitalized.

"We still have time and it could go into March and April", she said. "We're really in historic territory, and I just don't know when it's going to stop".

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Symptoms usually appear six hours to three days after exposure to salmonella bacteria, but may take up to 10 days to appear. Symptoms can include headache, muscle ache, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration.

Although the vaccine is only estimated to be about 30 percent effective against the H3N2 strain, it has been shown in studies to reduce severity and duration if people do become infected, said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 80 percent of people who have come down with the flu this year did not get vaccinated. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more a more severe illness in others.

The good news for the islands: Hawaii remains the only state that doesn't have widespread illnesses. The number of confirmed cases in the eight counties served by the health department has already reached 662 this season.

Generally speaking, any occupation where you are around a lot of other people will put you at a higher risk of getting the flu. "Women who are pregnant and people with diabetes and other chronic illnesses are also as vulnerable as children and the elderly".

"They are most effective if given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms, but can be beneficial when given up to five days after onset", Beer said. He added that these people are requiring "pretty significant therapy".

The chart above shows us a peak in the somewhat last week of 2017, and then the fraction of listed cases seemed to be decline. "We've had multiple 62-year-olds who are in the ICU with pneumonia on antibiotics and even on ventilator therapy".

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