Some flu protection is better than no flu protection. The number of confirmed cases is four more than a year ago during the same span of time. Maternal vaccination was also associated with a reduction in flu-related hospitalizations in infants.
"They're not exact", Yu said. "February is usually the peak season for numbers to grow". There have no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza. Around 10 percent of tests reported to the state were positive.
The flu vaccine generally reduces the risk of the overall population contracting influenza by 40-60 per cent, but this year's shot isn't much help in protecting people from one of the most active, severe strains circulating: the H3N2 virus.
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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. "We often think of the very young and seniors when we think of the vulnerable, but people at any age with underlying health conditions are also at a greater risk of the flu and serious complications stemming from it". High flu activity has continued in 3 states - Louisiana, Mississippi, and SC - and laboratory testing of respiratory specimens shows that influenza A (H3N2) has continued to be predominant this flu season.
"It just depends actually on each region", Rodriquez said.
Quinlisk continued: "It may not stop every sniffle, but if you're someone who wants to not get seriously ill, doesn't want to end up in the hospital and certainly doesn't want to die, this is a good vaccine to get and to be honest, about the only vaccine we have right now for the flu".
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This season's flu vaccine includes the same H3N2 vaccine component as last season, and most circulating H3N2 viruses that have been tested in the United States this season are still similar to the H3N2 vaccine virus.
But the reason the 2017 shot isn't preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain is that while scientists were growing the virus in chicken eggs, that strain mutated.
"The flu-shot-phobic people will hear that and say, 'Of course!"
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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. "(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". "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice".