Health experts say flu vaccine more effective this year

Faith Castro
January 10, 2019

This year's flu season has been rough, with the CDC reporting the flu is widespread in 24 states, with 19 states reporting high levels of flu activity. Nine other states reported "moderate" influenza activity and 10 states reported low flu activity.

She said people should wash their hands, cover their coughs and stay home if they feel sick to avoid potentially spreading the flu.

Despite the spike in cases, this is the typical pattern seen, and is on par with what was seen previous year as well, said Khan.

"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains.

Flu season is back again and cases have went from local to regional within the state.

"So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year". "It is important to remember that, even if a patient gets the flu after receiving the vaccine, it is not usually as severe as if the patient had not received the vaccine at all". The 74-year-old man was vaccinated but the 64-year-old man was not, the county said. On average, 36,000 people die from the virus or related complications each flu season. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for.

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"Vaccination - although not flawless - still prevents many infections completely, and even if you get influenza having received the vaccine, your illness is much more likely to be milder, and you're less likely to get the complications of pneumonia and having to be hospitalized".

Individuals concerned about the flu, norovirus, or other illnesses and those experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms should contact University Health Services at 814-863-0774, or their regular health care provider.

County residents can get vaccinated at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county's public health centers.

A few common symptoms are as follows: fever or feeling feverish and having chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. So far 97 percent of the positive tests have been for influenza Type A, which causes more serious complications and symptoms than influenza B, Melnick said. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced.

What Really Makes You Sick? . So far, the current vaccine appears to have worked well in that region and is performing better than last year's vaccine.

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