Flu has caused 4 deaths, sent 300 to hospitals — Georgia health officials


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Unfortunately, the CDC says we still may not be at the peak of flu season yet.

One upward spike in reported cases of this year's influenza is that the flu vaccine has not been as effective as in past years. The vaccine provided 59 percent protection against H3N2 in children 8 and younger.

Others question the vaccine's effectiveness.

"All counties pretty much throughout Texas are seeing a major increase in flu activity". She shared she recommends individuals get the flu shot because when a vaccine exists to prevent an illness, it should be utilized.

The supply of the antiviral drugs used to treat patients with the flu exceeds the demand, although prescriptions are higher than in previous years, said Schuchat. New York City has reported more than 4,200 flu-positive respiratory samples as of week 4. The Center for Disease Control recommends that anti-virals be started within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. A different CDC team looked at wider reports and found that only about a quarter of people showing up to the doctor's office with flu-like symptoms actually had influenza. Among the 54 whose vaccination status was known, 74 percent had not been vaccinated. And 53 percent of those who did not have flu had been vaccinated. CDC officials expect heightened influenza activity to persist for several more weeks. That data will come later.

As this year's flu season grows more dire, health officials are saying the vaccine's effectiveness may be a contributing factor. It protected 42 percent of people against influenza B.

"There are things that we can do in the interim to figure out which vaccines work better".

"The Haverhill Public Schools' community continues to offer its support and assistance to Golden Hill School students, parents and staff as they cope with the tragic passing of a first grader", Scully said in a prepared statement. "People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures to prevent getting sick".

Vaccination, however, is very important and is the best way to protect yourself and those that you care about.

"There is still time".

The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is influenza A (H3N2). Flu strains mutate every year. Tragically, an Upper Peninsula child died from the flu earlier this month, according to a story in Crain's Detroit Business.