Flu has killed 84 children in the US

A graph released by the CDC shows the number of pediatric deaths each year since 2014 that killed 148 children. So far there are 84 reported pediatric deaths in the US

Researchers based the midterm report on data from 4,562 children and adults through February 3. When considering only protection against H3N2-the most common, and most virulent, strain of influenza-that effectiveness dropped to 25 percent.

The H3N2 virus is the most deadly "seasonal" strains of the deadly flu, which has been around for 50 years.

"Annual vaccination is the most important measure for preventing influenza and its complications and we encourage all Australians to get vaccinated", Mr Hunt said.

Shivering chills, body aches, fever, fatigue - it's flu season in Shelby County and across the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the newest numbers Friday. Even though the vaccine is less effective this year, it will help. This strain of the influenza virus has been known to be the reason for higher hospitalization and death rates. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against the flu.

You reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu and, even if you do get the flu, having the vaccine reduces the severity of illness and death. That season, public health officials believed that adaptations in egg-grown vaccines were the problem.

Oakland County reports high flu activity in February
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said children are 59 percent less likely to get the virus if they're vaccinated. People who contract the flu can become contagious from one day before becoming sick and up to seven days after.

In the meantime, Gottlieb said the FDA is interested in cell-based and recombinant vaccines, which could be manufactured more quickly than egg-based varieties, giving scientists "more agility in responding to changes in influenza strains". Estimates are it's only 10 to 30 percent effective on this year's H3N2 strain. Using large databases covering millions of individuals, including one from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the FDA is able to look into whether there are any unexpected findings. Many pharmacies also offer flu vaccine to kids.

On Thursday, the CDC announced that the current flu vaccine is preventing sickness in around 36 percent of vaccinated Americans. Although it has not been as effective this season, everyone is still being asked to vaccinate themselves and their children to better protect yourself and your children from this vaccine.It may seem late in the season, but this virus hasn't gone into hibernation yet.

Under-65s can continue to receive the regular trivalent influenza vaccine. "We're still at the peak of flu season".

This flu season started early and got intense quickly, becoming one of the worst seasons in more than a decade.

There will be two new vaccines (Fluad and Fluzone High Dose), both available from April.

"It's disgusting to see your child with a breathing mask on her face", said Stephanie Calvin, 35, of Mandeville, La., whose 4-year-old daughter has been sick with flu for four weeks.

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