This year, state health officials say there have been 1,800 confirmed cases across NY, with 600 people ending up in the hospital.
The number and percentage of influenza A detection for the week are higher than in previous seasons, although similar to the 2014-15 season, the Flu Watch report states.
“Even if you still get the flu, vaccination can reduce the length of time you are sick”, she said.
This year’s flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of the flu.
An increasing trend in flu-related hospitalizations playing out early in the 2017-18 flu season is being seen in Fairfield County. “While patients with severe flu symptoms, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (when doing very little or resting), should go to the emergency room, we ask that patients with mild symptoms stay home and rest”.
Meanwhile, doctors say the vaccine is especially important for people at high risk of complications from flu, including children under 2 years old, pregnant women and adults over the age of 65.
But this year’s flu shot may not be up to the task.
By mid-October, the number of flu cases reported in Australia had reached 215,280, which far exceeded previous years. The CDC says worldwide, flu deaths are spiking.
Actual visits to health care providers remain categorized as “minimal”, though are reported on the increase in six of the state’s seven regions in the latest report.
A nurse administers a drip to flu patients at a hospital in Beijing on December 12, 2005, as the winter malady is causing hospitals to be packed with flu patients.
“Among the general population, about 39 percent have received the vaccine”, said Stokley, co-author of a new CDC report that canvased people by phone and internet in early November. According to health officials, the problem is the flu virus is constantly changing. Because while the influenza may be at best uncomfortable for some people, it is deadly for some. One false misconception is that an individual can get flu from the vaccine.
Fairfield Medical Center takes an aggressive stance about getting the word out regarding the importance of vaccinations, starting with providing flu information and an offer to administer the vaccination to every patient who is admitted to the center. Also, those who get the shot and contract influenza A (H3N2) will likely recover faster than those who don’t get vaccinated.