Shivering chills, body aches, fever, fatigue - it's flu season in Shelby County and across the nation.
Traditional rapid flu tests, still the most common type, requires a swab deep in the nasal cavity and are just 50-70 percent accurate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off. Pharmacist Laurie Jameson told 22News, "The CDC has said that they did pick the correct strain for the flu".
Slightly higher than the peak during the severe flu season that ended in early 2015, the hospitalization rate makes this season the worst in recent years. On Thursday, they also announced the flu shot was about 36-percent effective at preventing flu symptoms this year.
Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi lead the pack.
The injections will be delivered as part of a $31 million program. "This was driven by pandemic purchases in the U.S".
Instead, the human immune system seems to pick up on the presence of a flu strain - from either the vaccine or the flu itself - and respond as if it were whatever the first strain it encountered had been.
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Pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens also benefited. "But there still is a lot of flu happening out there", said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, the CDC's influenza chief.
Because of the flu prevalence this year, State Education Law was amended to allow pharmacists to give flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18. Reportedly three out of four children who died from the flu had not received the flu vaccine. By this time previous year, 214 people had died in Washington out of a total of 278 flu deaths in 2016-2017. But it's no worse than last week, and flu activity had been increasing each week since November.
There is now a machine that can tell, with nearly ideal precision, if a patient has the flu.
You reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu and, even if you do get the flu, having the vaccine reduces the severity of illness and death. Some proved more effective than others. Scientists use fluid from eggs injected with the flu virus to produce vaccines. By the same time a year ago, the death toll was 50. In 2012-13, ferrets immunized with the egg-adapted strain had an antibody response that reacted poorly with that season's circulating H3N2 strains. Thus, for egg-based vaccines, the lower-than-desirable efficacy being observed is not likely related to the process of adapting the virus to grow well in eggs.
Researchers are racing to develop a so-called universal vaccine.
Fluad is a trivalent vaccine containing an adjuvant to boost protection. There are other folks out there trying to make a better influenza vaccine, so the lights are on in the research laboratories at night.
According to the CDC, the best way for parents to protect their children is to get them vaccinated every year.