This year's flu vaccine estimated to be less effective: CDC

Since October 2017, a total of six influenza-related deaths have been reported: Northeast (one death); Northwest (two deaths); Southeast (two deaths); and, Eastern (one death).

Virginia Health officials are warning Williamsburg residents to get their flu shots before it's too late. According to the state's Department of Health and Human Services, the deceased adults lived in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

"The levels of illness we are seeing are still well within the normal range for what we see in a typical flu season", said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia. "Even if the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the flu, it will make it less likely for you to become seriously ill or require hospitalization".

"This year, so far in the US, about 85 percent of the flu strains have been Influenza A H3N2 and 15 percent Influenza B", Folk said. They won't know how well the flu shot worked until next month. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing.

Of the more than 100 people who have died from the flu so far this season, 13 are children.

"Good hand washing. Don't go to work sick".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 45 states have reported widespread illnesses, and influenza activity across Texas is increasing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. "What we can see is a very rapid increase in the numbers of people coming in to see their healthcare providers", Jernigan said. Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu. Get a flu shot.

Vaccination is the first line of defence against flu outbreaks, and laboratories around the world collaborate to try and develop the most effective defence against a virus that is constantly evolving.

Dan Jernigan, the director of the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the season is "very active", and there are early indicators it may be severe.

According to the TDH, people can be sick with the flu and transmit it up to 24 hours before they feel symptoms.

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