Flu Widespread in New York This Season: Health Dept.

Flu Widespread in New York This Season: Health Dept.

That is good news, because H3N2 is included in this year's flu vaccine.

About 291,000 to 646,000 people in the world die from seasonal flu each year, higher than an often-used statistic of 250,000 to 500,000 deaths that is has always tilted toward higher-income countries and is based on data thought to reach back to the 1990s. "This is true any time of year but especially during flu season".

The latest data is from the week ending in December 2nd, though new data is expected out soon.

The researchers in the new study said that since then, many countries have improved their vital records and flu surveillance systems, enabling more low- to middle-income countries to estimate deaths from the disease.

"The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu", the health department said in a statement on November 30.

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"That being said, the authors of the preliminary Australian study did make a point of saying in their article that annual vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent influenza infection each year", Lantrip said in an email. The most common symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle or body aches. The flu shots were made mandatory for hospital staff and physicians beginning in 2016 and posters with information about the vaccine and flu are posted in doctors' offices and in the hospital pharmacy.

According to World Health Organization, previous global estimates of death resulting from such respiratory diseases from the flu sat between 250,000 and 500,000, but now new figures show that has jumped to 290,000 to 650,000. "Even in seasons when the vaccine is not a great match to the circulating flu strains, a flu shot is still the best protection an individual can get to protect not only against influenza disease but also from severe illness, hospitalization and death from flu-related complications".

Free flu vaccines are available for uninsured Sedgwick County adult residents while the vaccination is in stock.

More than a quarter of pregnant women reported that medical staff did not recommend or offer a flu shot. According to health officials, the problem is the flu virus is constantly changing. There have so far been no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza.

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