Some patients still reluctant to get flu shot as death toll climbs

14 more flu-related deaths reported in Connecticut

The number of confirmed flu cases has almost doubled in St. Lawrence County, from 150 to 285 between October 1 and February 5 this season, compared to 150 during the same period last season. It's about 30 percent effective for this year's strains, according to the CDC but it takes takes roughly six to nine months to create a new vaccine.

The third group of people argue what I think is the most common objection to getting the flu shot: it isn't 100 percent effective for this year, so it's not worth getting it at all.

More than 61,000 Pennsylvanians have confirmed cases of the flu and 7.7 percent of Americans have sought the help of a health professional for flu-like illness. According to the CDC's most recent data, we are experiencing nearly twice as many cases as we typically would by this time of year. The U.S. government, he said, should invest in research and large clinical trials that explore better ways to make flu vaccines. The vaccine provided 59 percent protection against H3N2 in children 8 and younger. The report is based on data from 4,562 patients, including some from MI.

Visit KnockOutFlu.org for places to get your vaccine, weekly flu activity updates, and frequently asked questions and concerns about the flu vaccine.

More: Is Tamiflu the answer for your flu? If you must go out, it's best to cough or sneeze into your elbow to prevent spreading the flu droplets to your hands, and then to everything you touch.

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Based on these numbers, the answer is yes.

How much protection the influenza vaccine provides overall varies every year. So all the different vaccines on the market are lumped in together in vaccine effectiveness estimates. But the viruses can mutate in the eggs, and researchers are finding vaccine from the egg-grown viruses is not a good match to the H3N2 flu bugs in people.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday that the latest report shows that 128 people have died from the flu in SC since the season started in October. The agency expects the flu season to last for several more weeks. He noted that about 70% of children who have died because of the flu in recent years were not vaccinated, according to data published this week.

"Last week, we had a huge increase in numbers of cases and this week, it's just as bad", she said.

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