Over 2000 hospitalized due to the flu in 2017-18

Over 2000 hospitalized due to the flu in 2017-18

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the state had 925 new hospitalizations for flu last week.

"Each year the World Health Organisation determines which influenza strains should be covered within the influenza vaccination programme and the health services across the United Kingdom use these recommended vaccines as these are likely to be the most effective".

In the report, 46 states, including MI, are reporting widespread flu activity, which is up from 36 states the week before. She said the latest figures show 31 cases testing positive for the A strain and nine cases testing positive for the B strain.

The flu has prompted extra precautions at one MI prison after learning of a couple of confirmed cases.

"Ohio is now reporting 2,104 flu-associated hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 flu season compared to 369 at this same time past year", the update read.

Doctors blame an aggressive strain of the influenza virus, H3N2, and a flu vaccine that's proven to be only about 30 percent effective against it.

Flu vaccine for people of all ages is widely available in Nashville and throughout Tennessee from health department clinics, primary health care providers, walk-in clinics, groceries and pharmacies.

According to the CDC, flu vaccination rates for adults in recent years hover just over 40 percent.

"Its (FLUAD) approval in the United Kingdom offers a new effective option for healthcare professionals when making decisions about which influenza vaccines might be the most appropriate for their specific patient groups, particularly for those adults aged 65 years and older".

"Sometimes, the variation doesn't go the way we think it's going to", explained Rogers, "so it doesn't offer as much of a protection as we would like".

Cottage also reminds the community it is not too late to get a flu shot.

Even though this year's vaccine might not be foolproof, doctors say it's still the best defense.

"The nasal spray vaccine previous year reduced children's risk of flu by 65% meaning they were less likely to spread it to relatives and others they come into close with".

"It turns out that that's about as good the flu vaccine has always been", he said.

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