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Seasonal flu kills up to 650000 people worldwide every year

14 December 2017

At this time a year ago, there were 42 confirmed cases and 15 hospitalizations, health officials said.

Flu cases in Australia during the 2017 southern hemisphere winter resulted in record-high numbers of lab-confirmed hospitalisations and deaths, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, wrote recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"It works more effectively in younger people than in older people, but none the less even if it's only partially effective it's important because even if you get the flu despite getting the vaccine your illness is much more likely to be milder, you are less likely to get the complications", the doctor added. There have no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza.

Flu season begins in October and lasts until May.

The viruses attacked by the vaccine are chosen far before the flu season because it takes a while to grow the necessary material in the millions of eggs needed. "(Centers for Disease Control), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwifes and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season".

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A large, worldwide survey conducted by the CDC and several of its global health partners suggests that significantly more people than previously estimated die from influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year. "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season".

It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect, officials said.

Gov. John Carney was one of hundreds of Delawareans who got their flu shot at DHSS's Drive-Thru Flu Clinic in Dover earlier this fall.

In flu research news, a new paper from researchers in Singapore suggests that flu vaccine effectiveness for some influenza A and influenza B viruses drops within 6 months of vaccination.

While there has been a lot of discussion about vaccine efficiency after an article from Australia reported only 10 percent effectiveness this year, there's more to the story than that, Lantrip said. Go to https://www.vaccinefinder.org to find a location near you where you can get vaccinated. "You can stay away from people that are sick and then help protect others if you are sick by staying away from them".

Seasonal flu kills up to 650000 people worldwide every year