CDC: Flu Vaccine 48% Effective This Season, But It's Working Pretty Well

Two in Columbiana County; 6 and 7 year old boys.

"There hasn't been a lot of flu activity up until these recent cases". So far this year, 20 children have died from complications of the flu.

In addition, the hospitalization rate for the flu this season is 24 hosptialization per 100,000 people, the report said.

According to another report in this week's MMWR, influenza activity continues to increase in some parts of the country.

'Elevated influenza activity in parts of the USA is expected for several more weeks.

Free flu shots will be available as supplies last.

This season's flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that's going around, USA health officials said Thursday. Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea (though this is more common in children than adults). People who are sick should stay home to recover and to prevent spreading illness to co-workers, friends and others.

From a market perspective, Kalorama says that year-to-year flu statistics and effectiveness stats don't change the general status of the market.

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Flannery explained that there are differences depending on age or even the immune status of the person being vaccinated.

Generally, vaccine effectiveness varies and is not only based on what type of viruses are circulating.

"The younger, especially under 2 months", Dr. Bowman said. That occurred during the 2012-2013 season, according to the news release.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner freely admits that "the flu vaccine is an imperfect vaccine, it often can not prevent flu completely".

"So half a loaf is better than none", said Schaffner. Additionally, the vaccine protects people for just a few months after it's given.

'If you haven't gotten vaccinated and you haven't gotten sick yet, run - do not walk -this afternoon.

"Whether you think that overall close to 50 percent protection is good or not good depends on whether you're a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty kind of person", said Bennett Lorber, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

If you do come down with the flu, it is important to call a health care provider who can give you a prescription for an antiviral drug. "It shortens the duration of the influenza and it also makes it less likely you will spread that virus to the people around you". "Influenza is a serious illness", he said.

  • Marjorie Miles