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Haverhill officials confirm first-grader died from the flu

Haverhill officials confirm first-grader died from the flu

One of the flu strains spreading this season, H3N2, is affecting children more than most. The strain also mutated while the vaccine itself was being developed, rendering the vaccines less effective than a typical flu vaccine.

TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older.

It's not too late to get a flu shot.

The vaccines were only 25% effective against a kind of flu called Type A H3N2. She said she got a flu shot once before, but she didn't think it did her any good. The H3N2 strain, in particular, has been resistant to this year's vaccine.

"This is still a regular flu season", said Heaton of the five counties, "but there is always an effort to do a better vaccine". "We are seeing a surge in interest for next year's vaccination programs as well, and we are setting up new school districts and hopefully the compliance rate will be much higher going forward".

9, all healthcare providers in Livingston County that administer flu vaccine still had vaccine, said the health department's Director of Patient Services, Kathleen Root. The flu season probably won't start winding down anytime soon, the agency explained.

In patients between 50 and 64 years old, 20 deaths have been reported, while 14 people between the ages of 18 and 49 have died from the flu this season.

New York City has reported more than 4,200 flu-positive respiratory samples as of week 4.

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This year, middle-aged people are being stricken at almost twice the rate seen in 2014-2015, although health officials aren't sure why. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

Officials say most flu cases are not reported, but there have been more than 8,100 confirmed cases in the state this season.

The CDC anticipates weeks of flu activity to come. In addition to reducing the spread of the flu virus, this also allows hospital staff to more efficiently serve both groups.

Welch added that he expects to see high rates of flu continue for the next several weeks. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that annual flu epidemics result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness globally and about 300,000 to 650,000 deaths.

Doctor visits also are up.

Nationwide outpatient visits for the illness exceed 7 percent.

"This one arrived early and continues to spread, leading many people throughout the commonwealth to get sick with a fever and cough or a sore throat".

But Scotch said students should still get the vaccine because studies show people who are vaccinated have less severe symptoms if they get sick.