Flu activity expected to pick up

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There were questions surrounding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine.

It is highly reccomended for individuals falling in these categories to get their vaccination; pregnant women, children younger than 5, people 65 years of age and older, anyone with certain chronic medical conditions, those living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilites and those who live with or care for those at high risk for complications. If you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season, you should get vaccinated now. Four of the CDC's 10 regions are above their region-specific baselines.

"Influenza seasons and severity are often unpredictable". "Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated the unprecedented number of now circulating and new avian and swine flu strains is 'ominous.' Two new highly pathogenic strains of avian flu (H5N8, H5N2) are circulating in the USA, and they have already caused the death of almost 50 million birds at a cost of $1 billion to our economy". The District of Columbia did not have sufficient data to calculate an activity level.

"You can still contract the flu if you had the vaccine, but typically it's a lot less severe and has a shorter duration", Jones said.

In the USA, flu activity usually begins in October.

What will happen with influenza in 2016? The deaths are reported in two males each over the age of 60. There continues to be no influenza B cases in the south zone, according to the report.

"Recently, (researchers) have looked at influenza virus in the air..." The CDC estimates that from the 1976-77 season to the 2006-2007 season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of approximately 3,000 to a high of about 49,000. These and other diseases are exacerbated by inflammation caused by the flu and other respiratory diseases, which the researches maintain doesn't fully disappear.

December 6-12 was National Influenza Vaccination Week, an observance to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. The Public Health Clinic can be reached by calling 740-775-1146. Of 43 type A viruses for the week, 23 (54%) were H1N1, 6 (14%) were H3N2, and 6 (14%) were not subtyped. But it could be simply that this is a quiet year for influenza. Those droplets, whether we breathe them in or pick them up on our hands from a contaminated surface, carry the virus and spread it to others. "It's not possible because the vaccines don't have live viruses in them". Based on this analysis and the recommendations of an FDA advisory committee, scientists select the virus strains for inclusion in the seasonal flu vaccines used in the United States. All seven (100%)of the B/Victoria-lineage viruses were antigenically characterized as similar to B/Brisbane/60/2008, which is included in the 2015-16 Northern Hemisphere quadrivalent vaccine.

In addition, although antiviral drugs are not a substitute for vaccine, they can help to treat influenza.

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