CDC Says Flu Vaccine Is 48% Effective against H3N2 Flu Strain This Year
The publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that this year's flu vaccine is 48% effective against the current strain of flu virus. Health officials however advise that regardless of this less-than-perfect vaccine effectiveness, everyone should endeavor to get a vaccination shot. They insist that flu vaccination goes a long way at preventing flu hospitalizations and related deaths.
The health officials reveal that the current circulating flu strain is the A type H3N2, and the vaccine is 43% against it. They also clarified that the vaccine is 73% effective against all flu B viruses and must be taken by all persons during this flu season. And then they added that despite its lower effectiveness, that the vaccine is able to prevent 60,000 hospitalizations and about 2,000 deaths.
Flu infections rising in some states but lower in others
Health experts reveal that the current flu infection is rising in some Midwestern states but declining in some Northwestern states. A CDC epidemiologist, Brendan Flannery, notes that this season's flu epidemic can be regarded as moderately severe but is yet to fully peak. He also explained that CDC considers this current flu vaccine as less effective because the target H3N2 virus strain is still able to mutate, Philly reports.
People urged to get vaccinated despite the vaccine's less effectiveness
Health professionals urge people to still get vaccinated this flu season despite the vaccine's less effectiveness against H3N2 virus. Flannery said people who are at high risk of getting infected or residing in areas with a high incidence of flu infection must get a vaccine shot. Then he cautioned that "Antivirals shouldn't be withheld pending influenza testing or based on whether you were vaccinated or not."
A co-author of the report and another CDC epidemiologist, Lynnette Brammer, cautioned that "The season hasn't peaked yet, and we don't know when the peak is going to happen." She said that in the event that people get sick from getting a flu vaccine shot, there are antiviral drugs that can prevent severe complications and restore the health of the patient, WTKR 3 reports. It must however be noted that even through the end of March, the flu vaccine shot will still be effective in reducing the severity of any flu infections.
Obamacare: Latest Trump Intervention Makes Gaming the System Nearly Impossible
US President Trump’s administration has come up with stricter regulations targeted at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) otherwise known as Obamacare. And the core driver is that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will no longer withhold tax refunds for American citizens who fail to abide by requirements set out by ACA guidelines.
Nodding Syndrome: Parasitic Worms, Black Flies Are To Blame
Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have published a new study in the journal Science Translational Medicine stating a link between Nodding syndrome and an autoimmune response to the parasitic proteins of a parasitic worm. This parasitic worm has also been linked to river blindness.
Scientists Identify 287 Genes Responsible For Baldness in Men
A team of British scientists from the University of Edinburgh has published a study in the Public Library Science journal PLOS Genetics, suggesting that there are 287 genetic signals responsible for hair loss or baldness in men. Interestingly enough, 40 of these genes are inherited from one’s mother.
CDC Zika Warning: Be Prepared For Mosquito Season
Spring break is just around the corner, and the CDC wants travelers to remember that the Zika virus is still a concern. Ramping up efforts to warn people about Zika as we edge closer to mosquito season, the authority on diseases discuss current mosquito control practices.
PrEP For HIV: Raising Awareness; Could It Be The Cure For The Disease?
Considering that HIV has been and is still currently is one of the world’s most dreaded diseases, how essential is the use of PrEP? Could it possibly hold the key for cure that a lot of people have been waiting for? What’s the truth behind claims these claims? Find out what health professionals have to say
CDC Halts Work At Top Security Germ Lab over Air Hose Safety
Faulty air hoses at CDC’s $214 million Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory facility in Atlanta have prompted the agency to halt lab activities at the facility. The air hoses are connected to the protective suits worn by lab scientists to enable them breathe fresh air inside a lab that is brimming with deadly viruses. About 100 lab workers use the air hose inside biosafety level 4 labs operated by CDC before the shutdown.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Best Traveling Apps for Smartphones
Apps for mobile devices led personal, independent traveling to a new level. Nowadays, your pocket can easily fit all the possibilities of a small tourism agency. GPS, maps, currency calculators, city guides, dictionaries, hotel search services, etc. The right set of apps for traveling helps in planning your journeys and saving time, money, and nerves while you sit in a café or taxi, or lie in bed.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
'The Outer Worlds' Pre-Order Guide Plus Game Details Roundup
"The Outer Worlds" is only days away, and fans can pre-order the game.
Advantages of Team Sports for Students
Most students are aware that physical exercise is a beneficial activity that does not only improves physical and mental health but also provides plenty of more benefits. Good fitness, energy, focus, self-discipline - these are just some of the few listed advantages from a significantly bigger list.