This season’s flu shot far more effective than last year’s, researchers find

Posted January 27, 2019

In fact, studies show that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by up to 60 percent.

"It is getting to the point that we are having a long flu season every year", he said.

But California officials said Friday that 119 people have died of flu this season.

However, Skowronski said people interested in the vaccine are still encouraged to get it earlier in the season before the annual flu peak.

Further, the Center for Disease Control shows that last flu season, stretching from fall 2017 into spring 2018, almost 200 deaths in Kansas were directly linked to the flu.

The flu-related death toll in Alberta has reached 25.

"Though we have seen a decrease in cases we are still being diligent", she said.

"As the season goes on we really get an idea of what strain is circulating and when we saw that was the case, we're seeing what we expected, that it would be younger and middle-aged people that were struck with worse illnesses from the flu", said Waters.

State officials indicate the flu is now at the widespread activity level.

This year's current flu vaccine is proving to be far more effective than last year's, according to a mid-season report released by the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN).

Skowronski said children have been disproportionately affected by influenza this year, with kids under age nine making up 28 per cent of the 661 cases analyzed for vaccine effectiveness, even though children comprise only about 10 per cent of the country's population.

Coughing, sneezing, and body aches are all signs of the flu.

Compared to last year's vaccine, it's also drastically more effective.

GP consultations with flu-like illness and intensive care admission rates remain at similar levels to last week (19.6 from 19.2 per 100,000 in England and 0.54 from 0.55 per 100,000 respectively), while there has been a slight increase in hospital admissions rates from 4.8 to 5.04 per 100,000.

Individuals who are very young, very old or pregnant or whose immune systems are compromised are most vulnerable to becoming seriously ill from influenza.

First, he says, people should get a flu shot, especially the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.