They feel they have good results and they said it is not too late for people to get the shot.
That's good, the agency said, because it means the shots are reducing by almost half an individual's risk of getting sick enough with the flu to need to go to the doctor. The interim vaccine effectiveness estimates indicate that influenza vaccination lowered the risk for outpatient medical visits by almost 50%. "Activity is increasing in some of the Midwest and the East Coast". "Near half is a good score because that's on top of your normal probabilities of getting various strains of the flu".
Additionally, the total number of lab-confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations grew from 6,804 to 8,222 in one week, marking a 1,418-person increase.
Reported cases of influenza have dropped recently in Montana, but the Montana Department Public of Health and Human Services says the virus is still widespread across the state.
Three reported cases of campylobacter (campy) and four cases of cryptosporidiosis (crypto) - both diarrheal illnesses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - and one case of salmonella were also reported in January, according to her report.
Therefore, fresh flu vaccine cocktails are needed each year.
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"What people are working toward and what I hope we will eventually have is a universal vaccine that works for every influenza virus", Lorber said.
Flu season is in full swing but should calm down around the end of March, beginning of April.
This season will be the first since 2013 that the flu nasal spray is not available due to new data that questioned its efficacy. "You won't have to be admitted to the hospital, you won't have to go to the ICU, and you won't die".
'Still, we can do a lot of good with a pretty good vaccine available today'.
"If you haven't gotten vaccinated and you haven't gotten sick yet, run - do not walk - this afternoon. It's better to be protected and have 50 percent less chance of getting sick from the flu than to be completely vulnerable to the flu", said Jessica Rigler from the Arizona Heath Department.
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. Those at high risk include children under the age of 5, adults 65 years or older, pregnant women, and those with medical conditions such as asthma, heart or lung diseases, or a weakened immune system. "Influenza is a serious illness", he said. "It should be started as early as possible and shouldn't depend on whether someone was vaccinated or not".
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