This year's flu vaccine almost 60% more effective than last year


The reports lift the season's number of pediatric flu deaths to 22. Next, people with the flu should stay home from work or school. Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

"It is getting to the point that we are having a long flu season every year", he said.

Dr. Hu says it's impossible to predict what form of the flu will be more prevalent each season.

We're only about halfway through the flu season in Calgary, but Alberta Health Services says there is a lot to be proud about with the effectiveness of the seasonal flu shot.

Some good news? So far, influenza A (H1N1) viruses are most common.

Needless to say, many of us prefer to rely on "natural" remedies and avoid any side effects from prescription medicines in any health concern.

In the 2017-18 influenza season, there were 29 influenza-related deaths in Iowa almost 600 hospitalizations by January 13.

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"The average age of someone who is being hospitalized with influenza was 72 last year, this year it's 51", said Waters.

Many thought the flu season was winding down and Waters said there was a second wave of influenza about three weeks ago.

GP consultations with flu-like illness and intensive care admission rates remain at similar levels to last week (19.6 from 19.2 per 100,000 in England and 0.54 from 0.55 per 100,000 respectively), while there has been a slight increase in hospital admissions rates from 4.8 to 5.04 per 100,000.

Compared to last year's vaccine, it's also drastically more effective.

Early treatment has been shown to decrease the severity of illness and help those who have been exposed to individuals infected with the influenza virus, said officials with the Stamford Department of Health.

Although this year's flu season is already on the downswing, Skowronski explains that it's not too late for people to get vaccinated.

For young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, the flu virus can be deadly, and it isn't always obvious who is vulnerable. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash, then wash your hands.