February 23, 2018

Flu Season off to a fast start

06 December 2017, 02:48 | Winifred Adams

AP Dr. Thomas Frieden director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives a flu shot

Dr. Thomas Frieden director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives a flu shot

The flu shot you received this year may not protect you from contracting the potentially deadly disease, scientists are warning.

Raney said the numbers are a gauge but don't always give an accurate prediction of how bad a flu season will be or when it will peak.

The virus is now widespread in four states.

According to the CDC, on average a flu vaccine is 37 percent effective.

Coconino County seeing a slightly higher number of cases of influenza this year than over the past five years.

Flu season has arrived early to North America this year, and it may end up being a doozy.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine.

The Arkansas Department of Health said as of the end of November there have been close to 200 confirmed cases of the flu since October.

Four states now have widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting a flu vaccine is more convenient than ever. He said this year's vaccine should work. Experts worry because the H3N2 portion of the vaccine used here in the identical to the one used in Australia.

"It can be due to a change in what's circulating in the human population, or a change in the vaccine that leads to a mismatch" between the virus and the vaccine, Hirsch said. "That's alarming no matter how you look at it, regardless of the year, particularly for a vaccine preventable illness", says Dr. Fred Lopez, with LSU Health Infectious Diseases.

"We're still seeing colds from the fall season but we're beginning to see sporadic flu activity in the community", said Dr. Chris Cunha, a pediatric doctor in Northern Kentucky.

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