The 2017/2018 influenza strain continues to make its mark Alberta as, according to Alberta Health Services, there have been more than 2,300 confirmed cases of the flu in the province including 13 fatalities. That's more than Schoharie and Montgomery counties, but less than Onondaga and Genesee counties, which have reported more than 10 cases per 100,000 population.
A novel bioinformatics approach can predict vaccine effectiveness for the influenza season, and indicates that the current vaccines are likely to be effective against H3N2 flu viruses in the USA 2017/2018 flu season, according to research published online in F1000 Research.
Newton County Health Unit Manager Erika Houston reminds residents that flu vaccine is still available.
Among students who do not typically receive a seasonal flu vaccine, the top reasons for not getting vaccinated include a mix of misperception, fear and skepticism. When it comes to flu vaccine decision-making, college students note they rely a lot on the advice of a parent/guardian or other family member (48%); healthcare professionals (44%); the student health center on their campus (24%); and friends/peers (20%). "It's always advisable to get the shot, regardless if it's a great match or not".
"I think we've seen an increase in traffic of people coming in with flu-like symptoms and getting medicine", she said.
How bad is the flu this year in Tennessee? Since the flu season began last month, dozens of people have been coming through St. James Health Center in downtown San Jose on a daily basis to get the vaccine, according to Dr. Benjamin Hernandez, who has worked there for almost three decades. Also, people with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredients in the vaccine - such as gelatin or antibiotics - should not get the shot.
The number of patients hospitalized around the state with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 190 the week ending December 9, a 44 percent increase from the previous week.
The Associated Press reports more than 90 percent of the influenza specimens tested nationwide are Influenza A, or H3N2.