Maine CDC urges flu shots as cases rise above 1,000 in state

Maine CDC urges flu shots as cases rise above 1,000 in state

Maine CDC urges flu shots as cases rise above 1,000 in state

Low vaccination rates among adults likely contributed to the high mortality rates last season, which hospitalized or killed more Americans than any seasonal flu in more than 40 years, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But California officials said Friday that 119 people have died of flu this season.

"We know that younger people, especially kids, have been affected a lot by this strain of influenza and that's been across the country", Dr. Hu says. Vermont and New Hampshire are not seeing that many cases but the numbers are growing.

Skowronski says last season's flu shot was less than 20 per cent effective in preventing Canadians from getting sick during what turned out to be an H3N2-dominant epidemic.

Henry admits the flu shot is not ideal by any means, but says it's certainly the best protection.

"The vaccine is not flawless", said Schaffner.

That's the message from B.C.'s top doctor as flu season continues, and this one has hit a bit differently than in years past.

Although this year's flu season is already on the downswing, Skowronski explains that it's not too late for people to get vaccinated.

The department of health defines a flu-related death as a "death resulting from a clinically compatible illness that was confirmed to be influenza by an appropriate laboratory or rapid diagnostic test with no period of complete recovery between the illness and death".

"I know from studying the evidence that vaccination works, and is the only effective way to prevent the spread of the flu virus". Everyone aged 6 months and older are recommended to get the flu shot each year.

The BCCDC reminds people that general hygiene practices such as washing your hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and refraining from touching your face, are also steps that can minimize sickness.

Because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines are updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most common circulating flu strains.

It comes as a report found fear of a vaccine's side effects, fuelled by myths on social media, is the top reason for people refusing them.

He says people need to remember that while they may recover, others they come in contact with could have underlying health conditions which make them more susceptible to the flu.

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