Health Officials Say It's Not Too Late For Flu Shots

Health Officials Say It's Not Too Late For Flu Shots

There have been 612 flu-related hospitalizations reported and no pediatric deaths. Health experts often look to the season in the Southern Hemisphere each year to predict what will happen here. Officials say it is not too late to get vaccinated, and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available.

Dr Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Business Insider that the vaccine is, at best, around 10 percent effective on H3N2. "We need to hold people responsible for their action...if anybody is going to [sue] I will be happy to support", he stated.

A 2014 study showed that flu vaccine reduced children's risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74 percent during flu seasons from 2010-2012.

People aged 75 years and older and people living in sub-Saharan African countries experienced the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths.

"We're planning on this being a fairly robust flu season", he said. "Some regions see more flu A, which is common, some regions more flu B. Once in a while, you'll get a combination of A and B".

If you're a health care worker and you haven't gotten a flu shot, you're required to wear a face mask when working with patients.


The Minority Chief Whip in Parliament Muntaka Mubarak has urged families of the four students who died at the Kumasi Academy following the outbreak of Influenza H1N1 to sue government for negligence.

The CDC notes that the 10 percent figure is an Australian interim estimate of the vaccine's benefit against one flu virus - the H3N2 virus - that circulated in Australia during its most recent flu season.

Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all.

Authorities said there are concerns with how severe this year's flu season might be in the United States based off of projections following Australia's flu season, which is typically a good litmus test for how America will fare, officials said.

Otherwise, common sense practices can help you stave off some of the chance of being sick or making others ill, both Lantrip and Rodriquez said. The study, published Wednesday in the Lancet, says between 291,000 and 646,000 people likely succumb to these respiratory diseases each year-potentially far more than prior estimates hovering between 250,000 and 500,000 casualties.

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