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Metro health centers offers free flu shots daily

More than 80 children killed in worst flu season to hit US in decade REUTERS Stephane Mahe
Becky Salazar | 17 February, 2018, 01:08

The numbers were worse for H3N2.

The CDC also said some western states are seeing a second wave caused by Influenza B. People who have had the flu once can get sick again from a second strain. That's well above this season's average of about 20%, and reflects what the CDC says is an increasing proportion of influenza B and H1N1 viruses being detected nationally.

"Even if you've had the flu, it's not too late to get your shot", Haselow said. The area has been plagued by influenza-like symptoms in children and young adults. All Tennessee county health departments are providing free flu vaccines on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee. It worked best for young children, aged 6 months to 8 years, where it was 59 percent effective. Everybody else got no statistically significant benefit. It is the highest level of influenza-like illness recorded since 2009.

Most illnesses this winter have been caused by a nasty kind of flu called Type A H3N2.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said in a statement Thursday that a preliminary analysis of CDC data and information from patient databases indicate the cell-based vaccines offer better protection against H3N2 this year than the egg-based vaccine.

And that has many people asking, "Why is it so deadly?"

Scientists also need to take a closer look at differing performance among vaccines already on the market, said Richard Webby, an infectious-disease researcher at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. "There is a vaccine specific for people who are older that gives you a higher dose".

And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. The CDC estimated that it had led to more than 17,000 hospitalizations through February 3. So why does this season's flu seem more ruthless than others?

Of those who did have influenza, 43 percent had been vaccinated.

Two of three flu related pediatric deaths also occurred last week. The percentage of visits to emergency departments and admissions to hospitals from emergency departments continued to climb, though not as rapidly as in the previous week. "We're still at the peak of flu season".

The Centers for Disease Control reports this year, there have been 63 pediatric deaths linked to the flu nation-wide. In unrelentingly bad flu seasons such as the current one, which is dominated by the most dreaded flu strain, vaccines are less effective. The highest total was in 2014-15, when 221 deaths were reported. "Vaccination is still the best protection we have against this serious and deadly illness".

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