Connecticut Reports its First Flu-Related Death This Season

Currently circulating viruses seem not to have undergone significant antigenic drift

For that reason, again the CDC recommends getting the flu shot.

The low effectives reports making headlines is based off of other countries, like Australia, that have already experience their flu season.

Shaun Jayakar - a family medicine specialist from St. John Hospital in Detroit - said it's too soon to draw these conclusions. Health experts say the most effective method of avoiding the flu is getting a flu shot. Now circulating viruses seem not to have undergone significant antigenic drift; circulating A (H3N2) viruses are antigenically less similar to egg-grown A (H3N2) viruses used for most United States influenza vaccine production. Most people with RSV recover on their own in a couple weeks, but infants and young children, people with asthma and older adults are at higher risk for developing a more severe form of the virus.

But Jessica Rigler, the agency's bureau chief for public health preparedness, said she's not prepared to say at this point that the pattern being set - 385 new cases this past week alone versus 43 the same week previous year - will lead to some new record in the number of people who get infected. This year, there have been no severe cases or related deaths, Corson said.

Flu vaccines also are available at most primary care clinics, usually at no cost with insurance. Michiganders can get a walk-in vaccine at a CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinic, or at a Kroger Pharmacy or Meijer Pharmacy near you. If you do still get the flu even after your flu shot, it isn't because of the vaccine itself.

The death of the season was announced by the Connecticut Department of Public Health on its website during the week ending December 2.

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The widespread presence of flu, she said, has been declared three weeks earlier than it was in 2016. The shot itself is made up of dead or inactivated particles of a flu virus. So far this year: 93 cases.

During last years flu season, less than 50 percent of people in the USA reported having been vaccinated by the end of November, according to the CDC.

Several indicators of influenza activity were reported to be higher than normally seen at this time of year. At this time a year ago, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield had treated 14 cases of influenza.

"I think that just reflects who gets swabbed", Shahab said.

Doctors say what happens in the US with flu season tends to mirror what happened in the southern hemisphere.

The flu is an extremely contagious illness. Children of all ages with a health condition that puts them at greater risk of flu are also eligible for the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine DCHHS provides is an all-in-one vaccine that protects against multiple flu strains including the H1N1 virus.

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