The dominant strain now circulating, called H1N1, is less likely to affect the elderly-a particularly vulnerable group-and it tends to be more sensitive to vaccination.
But in Nova Scotia, for instance, less than 50 per cent of people have received the flu vaccine.
Dr Kelleher urged people to get the flu vaccine if they have not done so already and to avoid sending children to school or going to work if you have symptoms of the flu. Flu occurs many times in your life and you are imprinted, is what we call it, by whatever occurred first. Antibodies cross the placenta and provide immunity to infants up to 6 months of age, when the infant is eligible to receive their dose of flu vaccine. "The flu is definitely here in MI as it is across the country".
"The good news about that is the vaccine is really well-matched".
In addition to samples collected from hospitals and clinics, researchers also monitor local families. Right now, the hospitalization rate is still relatively low compared with previous year, and deaths are still below epidemic levels, she said.
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Martin and Monto are frustrated that the vaccine is sometimes not as effective as everyone would like, but wish more people understood the benefits even a "poor match" can offer.
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza can make your illness less severe. "The flu vaccine is one of our safest vaccines". The introduction of penicillin to treat bacterial infections in 1942 helped pave the way for more research into the biology of infections and how to prevent them. "It's only early that you can do something about flu", said Monto. Other diseases like the common cold produce flu-like symptoms.
So far in Minnesota's 2018-19 flu season, there have been 116 hospitalizations and four deaths in total.
"Be aware. Be ready". "The main thing right now is to get vaccinated", she said.
While he did have underlying conditions or contributing factors, the IDPH say this is an unfortunate reminder to take the flu seriously, as numbers of flu cases increase across the state and the country.