Flu blamed for another child death in Minnesota

Flu Easing Its Grip

"While the decrease we are seeing in both the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases and hospitalizations is encouraging news, New Yorkers must continue to be vigilant", said state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

According to this week's update, which tracks flu activity through February 24th, flu activity has apparently peaked in CT but remains high and widespread. Most flu-related deaths this season were among people 65 or older. That's down from 340 the week prior.

Members of the FDA's vaccines advisory committee met Thursday to tackle what they recognize as their most challenging task - recommending influenza strains to be included in vaccines for the next flu season.

The two latest reported deaths include a man in his 60's and a woman in her 50's.

In Queens, the Duane Reade at 136-02 Roosevelt Ave.in Flushing, and a Jamaica Walgreens at 159-34 Jamaica Ave. are official City flu shot voucher locations. "We know flu vaccines prevent cardiac hospitalization and a wide array of cardiac outcomes". It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but a more severe illness in others.

Up until now, our institution has been using a viral PCR panel to detect influenza A, influenza B, respiratory syncytial virus, and a wide array of other respiratory pathogens. In addition, the vaccine was 67% effective against A (H1N1) pdm09 and 42% effective against influenza B (mostly B/Yamagata, not in inactivated influenza vaccine, trivalent). That's less than half of the number of cases reported just a week earlier.

"What we learn about the differences in efficacy between these different vaccines might reveal information that can inform why overall effectiveness against H3N2 was lagging", Gottlieb said. "This particular year we ordered 600 and used all 600". "The strains tend not to circulate at the same time". There are a lot of flu viruses, and that's why the vaccine changes.

Next year's Northern Hemisphere flu shot will contain a different strain of H3N2.

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