Flu Season Has Peaked — CDC

03 March, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Jared Lewis
  • A person receiving a flu shot

"Any experienced clinician has observed heart failure patients admitted for congestive heart failure exacerbation during flu season", he said. More importantly, it would save "lives by taking the guesswork out of the equation", she added. The season started on October 1.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season may have peaked, it's still making a lot of people sick in New Jersey.

The Health Center operates on a coordinated care model and has several off-campus partnerships that also provide the vaccine, such as the Knox County Health Department and pharmacies such as Kroger and CVS. Approximately 90 percent of influenza-related deaths are among people aged 65 years and older.

For the past two flu seasons the effectiveness of the vaccine has been lower than 40 percent.

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DHEC said the flu shot is the best protection against the flu. However, he reminded his colleagues that the current vaccines - 90 percent of which are egg-based - are working for a lot of people.

We are hoping to institute an e-onslaught of reminders about vaccines to go out through the patient portal, along with a letter to patients who are not enrolled, encouraging them to vaccinate for the season - maybe even mention how bad this past season was.

Now scientists in the United States are looking beyond the next year as they try to develop a universal vaccine that will target all types of flu.

But Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the agency's influenza division, stressed last month that getting the flu shot is still worthwhile, especially for kids.

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The FDA is already looking into that question.

Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death.

H3N2 remained the predominant strain in the USA, but a late-season surge in influenza B has continued, with the percentage of specimens tested in clinical labs that were positive for B viruses rising from 41.8% to 45.8%.

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