Health officials see flu uptick in Tri

Francis Osborne
January 7, 2018

"The increase, most (flu) cases is what we see right now", Maynard said.

There have been no reported flu-associated pediatric deaths in OH for the 2017-18 flu season, according to ODH.

Each winter many people become seriously ill and children under the age of five are more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other age group.

In the report, 46 states, including MI, are reporting widespread flu activity, which is up from 36 states the week before.

Doctors blame an aggressive strain of the influenza virus, H3N2, and a flu vaccine that's proven to be only about 30 percent effective against it.

"Sometimes, the variation doesn't go the way we think it's going to", explained Rogers, "so it doesn't offer as much of a protection as we would like".

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The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations recommended the switch to an adjuvanted vaccine in over-65s previous year, but recommended any change should start with those over 75.

In December 2017 there were 61 admissions of confirmed influenza cases to intensive care or high dependency units across England with seven flu-related deaths recorded.

It said in its November meeting minutes: 'The committee agreed that if a change in approach were to be considered, switching vaccination of the 75 years and upwards age group to adjuvanted vaccine would be the first priority, given the un-adjuvanted inactivated vaccine showed no significant effectiveness in this group'.

Within the last week, one person has died from the flu.

It's not too late to get your flu jab - the message from Cheshire East Council this January. He said influenza is especially unsafe for the elderly, who are at greater risk of developing pneumonia or other complications along with the flu - conditions that could be fatal when combined. If you do get the flu, taking antiviral drugs is key to shortening the severity and duration of the illness, he added.

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