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Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho

Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho”

The predominant virus strain this season is influenza A (H3N2) strain; the estimated effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing illness caused by that strain was 43%.

"It's important to remember what flu vaccine is for", Chang said. That amounts to overall protection of 48%, the CDC said.

"We are seeing a lot of flu deaths in people over 65".

The vaccine was just 40 percent effective in the 2012/2013 season, when a similar strain was circulating, he said.

This season's flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that's going around, US health officials said Thursday. "The prediction for the H3N2 virus was right on in terms of that particular virus continuing to be a dominant virus".

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The reason: flu viruses are known to be quick in gene sharing, which could pave the way for a new virus that can infect both canines and humans or lead to a more serious problem.

Scientists change the flu vaccine on a yearly basis.

"Really to about the last two weeks we have not seen the flu, and then definitely in the last two weeks we have seen an increase in the number of flu cases", she said.

It'll be no different this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which released data last week showing this year's flu vaccine has been effective in about 48 percent of patients.

This year, the strain is putting older adults at risk. Fifty-one of 54 U.S. states and territories are experiencing elevated levels of flu and flu-like illnesses. Influenza and pneumonia were responsible for 7.9 percent of all deaths in the week ending January 21, and 20 children have died so far this year from the virus.

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"If you do get the flu, taking antiviral medication as prescribed by a doctor can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick", said Tennessee Immunization Program Director Kelly Moore, MD.

"Influenza activity may have peaked where there were early peaks in the Northwest and on the West Coast", said Flannery.

Dr. Bryson Bowman with Star ER said he noticed an uptick starting about a month ago and diagnosis of the flu have only continued to increase.

Some people get more protection from the flu shot than others.

In their first study, the team introduced five mutations to the H3N8 virus used for creating the live vaccine for influenza in humans, including the nasal spray FluMist taken in one rather than multiple doses.

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So far, people who got the vaccine were 59 percent less likely to get sick with the flu than those who didn't.



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