Will the 2018 flu vaccine be effective against the deadly virus?

Kenny Tucker
March 10, 2018

A brutal flu season looks to be on the wane in the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to dominate. Majority of deaths have been seen in ages 65 and older.

The total of confirmed deaths from pneumonia and flu in MA during the fifth through seventh week of flu season is around 365.

"Statewide emergency department visits attributed to the flu have decreased for the last four weeks, but at 8.8%, remain well above the baseline level of 5% statewide", health officials said in a press release.

Influenza specialist Professor Michael Baker told Newshub Nation there is a current pandemic plan in place, but nothing could totally prepare us for a pandemic event like 1918, or another virus, that might be just as bad, or worse.

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Public health officials warn that although flu activity is decreasing overall, the flu season is expected to continue through mid-April or later. The H1N1 swine flu, which killed about 575,400 people in 2009, originated from bird flu mixing with human flu genes at an industrial farm.

Despite his terrifying predictions, Quick said there are measures we can take to ward off the inevitable. Cell-based and recombinant vaccine production can also be completed more quickly than egg-based production, which can provide more effective seasonal influenza vaccine, according to the company. "Getting vaccinated is the No. 1 way to combat this contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization - and even death", a prepared statement said. "The strains tend not to circulate at the same time".

The rate of influenza-related hospitalizations in the United States almost doubled in just 1 week as the country deals with a severe but not unprecedented influenza season that is being dominated by a strain associated with reduced vaccine effectiveness and serious illness, CDC officials said. So, you know the deal - wash your hands, cover your cough (preferably not with your hand), and stay home if you're sick. Of all specimens testing positive for flu last week, 3,090 (49.9%) were influenza A viruses and 3,103 (50.1%) were influenza B viruses. Of these, 217 occurred in the last two weeks.

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