Health Department says the flu is running rampant in NY


"These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority", Joe Bresee, associate director for global health in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Influenza Division and a study co-author, said in a statement.

"One, 10% is still better than none and also when it's less effective you nearly really do need to get it because now we really need to make sure that as many people that we can are resistant to the virus", said Dr. Hetal Thakore, Medical Director, Doctors Hospital.

New Castle County has seen the highest number of confirmed cases with 24 people, while there have been 12 cases in Kent County and 10 cases in Sussex County.

So are you not getting the vaccine because you've heard it's not very effective this year?

Based on these new estimates, adults over age 75 and people living in parts of sub-Saharan Africa are most at-risk of dying from the flu, the study said, and people living in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia also face a high risk.

Flu season begins in October and lasts until May.

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He said since the confirmation of the outbreak as Influenza H1N1 2009, the students are yet to be vaccinated. The researchers found that the flu vaccine's effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) declines by 33% within 6 months of vaccination and by 19% for influenza B viruses. Officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated, and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available.

DE officials say a 47-year-old man from New Castle County is the first flu-related death of the season.

Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu.

Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions. "Pregnant women should receive influenza vaccination in order to protect not only themselves but also their infants".

Statistical modeling with those results was used to generate an estimate of the number of flu-associated respiratory deaths worldwide.

University of Memphis doctor Xinhua Yu believes only time will tell when it comes to how bad this flu season will be in Memphis this year. "So, you might as well get it and it will protect you to some extent and will cause you to protect your family and the people around you, because you won't be getting ill with the flu and spreading it".