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Health Officials to Address Flu in CT

Health Officials to Address Flu in CT

As of Tuesday morning, 18 Ventura County residents had died of flu-related complications since Christmas; two of them were younger than 65, Levin said. Thirty-two states reported high patient traffic, up from 26 the previous week that ended January 6. Now, scientists are working to create a universal vaccine that might one day protect against both kinds of flu evolution.

Because of the outbreak, the Department of Health has opened many flu clinics around the state. The truth is, there is not just one flu strain we should be anxious about, and "Aussie flu" is a bit of a misnomer.

It's become easier in recent years to get a flu shot.

Doctors say they are seeing many cases of Influenza A Virus Subtype H3N2.

A vaccine usually supplies the H and N proteins without the potentially unsafe virus.

"That's a pretty good indication that the flu isn't a severe strain", Kisner said. "I definitely still recommend it, but it may not help as much as it has in the past", Malouf said.

"It's not too late to get a flu vaccine - as long as flu is spreading vaccination should continue", the CDC's Kristen Nordlund told weather.com.

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According to the DPH, influenza activity has remained high in CT over the last few weeks.

"In terms of hospital admission, this is the most significant flu season since the winter of 2010/11 and the preceding pandemic year of 2009 although it is not an epidemic".

The CDC notes that this year's vaccine is only expected to be about 32 percent effective because H3N2 tends to mutate.

Colby said he still recommends people to get the flu vaccine even though "it's not one of the better-matched years". With intent and goal, we can increase the vaccination rate and improve care and outcomes for pregnant women and their babies, even in the height of flu season.

This is due to a quirk of how flu vaccines are produced. The flu virus doesn't care if people have health insurance. Most importantly, wash your hands frequently; health experts say that is still the most effective way to interrupt the transmission of germs and viruses from one person to another. When a pregnant woman is sick enough to necessitate a trip to the emergency department, having a dedicated obstetric emergency department can ensure that pregnant women are seen and triaged in the best location for them and can speed the diagnosis and treatment of the flu.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of preventative measures against the flu.


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