Flu widespread in NY; Officials urge New Yorkers to get flu shots

Francis Osborne
December 17, 2017

The CDC says more than 6,000 people have tested positive for the flu this year, and that number is double the reported cases from this time in 2016. It doesn't work!' " Saul said.

This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of the flu.

Meanwhile, flu activity in CT is climbing steadily. According to health officials, the problem is the flu virus is constantly changing.

It's still early in the flu season, but three USA states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity. There were no deaths.

More people are dying of the flu around the world, according to a recent study. The new estimates reveal the range is likely substantially higher-290,000-650,000 deaths from respiratory-only, flu-related diseases.

There have also been 612 influenza-related hospitalizations reported in the state.

Delaware's Division of Public Health is reporting the first flu-related death of the season.

Yet an expert from the state DPH said it's a bit early to push the panic button and declare this season's vaccine ineffective.

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With flu season upon us, along comes a troubling article in The New England Journal of Medicine. "Although the flu numbers from Australia are concerning and bear watching, the implications for the US are not known at this point". "(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". "The virus changes from month to month". "It may well be that somebody got vaccinated on Monday and on Wednesday they got a cold, and what they'll do is attribute that cold to having received the vaccine, but there's no connection".

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Darlington County and Marion County had influenza case rates of 21 and 1 per 100,000, respectively.

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.

Hartford County was close behind, with 43 cases, and New Haven County was a distant third with 26.

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death. The state is also seeing regional flu activity.

In Stamford, Parry said he's only seeing a couple of cases a week.

At Baton Rouge General Hospital, staff says they have noticed the number of flu cases are up from past year. Burstein says everyone will have to wait to see how well this year's shot battles the bug.

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