Health Officials Say 6000 Flu Hospitalizations Could Have Been Prevented

Flu Express Bermuda Dec 2017

"If you've had the flu vaccine and you still get the flu you are much less likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia, than if you didn't have the vaccine at all", said Dr. Hawse.

Many might think of the flu as a temporary setback and inconvenience that comes with the territory during the late fall and winter months, but the reality is that it can be a very unsafe disease.

Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asian countries had slightly lower but still high rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths. There have been 612 flu-related hospitalizations reported and no pediatric deaths.

A large, worldwide survey conducted by the CDC and several of its global health partners suggests that significantly more people than previously estimated die from influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year. Maternal vaccination was also associated with a reduction in flu-related hospitalizations in infants. The studies included data on vaccine effectiveness in Europe, the United States, Kenya, Thailand, and Australia.

Flu activity in the state is classified as "regional", meaning there have been outbreaks of influenza or increases in flu-like illnesses and recent lab-confirmed influenza in at least two, but less than half the regions of the state.




"Unfortunately, it's the one strain that the vaccine is really underperforming in, in every regard", he said.

He predicts the peak of flu season will hit sometime between late December and early March 2018.

"Right now we still need to encourage everyone who has not received a flu vaccine to get it, and to get it as soon as possible because we are seeing high activity levels of flu like illnesses in Louisiana", Lopez urged. "(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".

According to CDC numbers, vaccine effectiveness usually ranges from around 40 to 60-percent, but they do occasionally dip in certain seasons when the vaccine created doesn't match well with the type of flu circulating. Symptoms of influenza can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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