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Health officials urge everyone to get a flu shot Health officials urge everyone to get a flu shot. Credit wikimedia commons
Patty Aguilar | 26 January, 2019, 09:58

He says people need to remember that while they may recover, others they come in contact with could have underlying health conditions which make them more susceptible to the flu. Finally, when people encounter the social influence of someone like a health care provider who encourages vaccines, people are more likely to get vaccinated.

More than 4,200 lab-confirmed people were hospitalized due to flu, and the majority of them were adults aged above 65 years and children younger than 5 years, according the the report.

The report also shows that in week 3, 2019 no statistically significant excess all-cause mortality by week of death has been seen yet overall or by age group in England this season.

The US flu season gained more steam last week, with most states reporting widespread activity and three more pediatric flu deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its weekly update today. We're having higher attack rates in younger children.

This year's influenza season to date has taken a less severe turn than the previous season, indicating to state public health officials more Iowans heeded the warnings to get a flu shot. "It's not that the virus is more virulent".

NY state alone has had more than 5,000 confirmed cases this season.

The vaccine effectiveness analysis was conducted by researchers with the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network, headquartered at the BCCDC.

About 98 percent of the 752 influenza-positive tests reported to CDC were influenza A viruses. Those treated in hospital are not included in the data.

"We won't have the full picture until end of season, but we can already tell more people have received a vaccine in Iowa", she said.

"But we have to remember that even after we've passed the peak, there are still several weeks of influenza activity even on the downslope of the curve".

You can also count on the fact that even in a mild flu season, a lot of kids get sick with the flu.

The H3N2 strain, which affects seniors was prominent a year ago. "The exact estimate is 72 per cent, but an estimate of 70 per cent means that seven out of 10 unvaccinated cases could have been prevented, had those individuals instead chosen to be vaccinated".

Last season, just 38 per cent of Canadian adults got the flu shot, with vaccine uptake varying by age and risk factors for complications, a PHAC spokesperson said.

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