Delaware Officials Announce First Flu-Related Death Of 2017-18 Season

FILE The number is higher than the previous estimate of 250,000 to 500,000 according to the study published by the Lancet which excludes deaths during pandemics

State health officials nonetheless recommend New Yorkers get vaccinated if they haven't already.

It is not too late to get vaccinated, and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available, Zucker said.

Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all. The flu shots were made mandatory for hospital staff and physicians beginning in 2016 and posters with information about the vaccine and flu are posted in doctors' offices and in the hospital pharmacy. The researchers found that the flu vaccine's effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) declines by 33% within 6 months of vaccination and by 19% for influenza B viruses.

There have been 612 influenza-related hospitalizations reported, and no reports of pediatric deaths from influenza.

Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu.

Results also showed that the greatest flu mortality burden was in the world's poorest regions and among older adults.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, flu deaths were especially prevalent among people who live in poorer nations-particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where medical resources tend to be sparse-as well as among people 75 and older.

Fifteen people died from the flu past year, compared to the six deaths in the previous season.

Seasonal flu kills between 291,000 and 646,000 people worldwide every year, a new analysis of data from 47 countries suggested Wednesday.

Dr Michael Osterholm, who directs The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Business Insider that the vaccine is, at best, around 10 percent effective on H3N2. "If they fail to receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy, postpartum vaccination would also be useful in protecting their infants from the threat of influenza", the authors wrote. "(Centers for Disease Control), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse-Midwifes and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend flu shots for all women who are or expect to be pregnant during the flu season". This protective benefit was observed for four months after birth. Connecticut health officials have reported that 77 patients have been hospitalized with the flu thus far this season, with 59 having fallen ill from influenza A. Furthermore, Connecticut has had 197 influenza positive laboratory tests. Putting others at risk can be unsafe and you could also give the flu back to yourself if you're continuing to work.

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