This season started early and has been driven by a formidable type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths.
Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office. Typically, about half of all Americans get the shot before the season ends.
"It's disgusting to see your child with a breathing mask on her face", said Stephanie Calvin, 35, of Mandeville, Louisiana, whose 4-year-old daughter has been sick with flu for four weeks.
Geographic spread of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Alabama. "We must enhance our ability to predict the right strain for the next season, produce a more optimal vaccine, and protect all Americans against all strains of this virus". The decision is made months in advance, when it is hard to know what strains will be circulating.
The total number of flu cases for the season is now 4,147, and unless flu cases decline substantially, ME could top the 2016-17 season, which saw 5,830 flu cases.
The department has flu vaccine available for both children and adults.
More than two-thirds of flu sickness this season - 69 percent - has been caused by the H3N2 strain, an influenza A virus. But it's still important for vulnerable people to receive them, to reduce their chances of serious illness. There are some indications, he said, that some vaccine production techniques produce better H3N2 protection than others do. Childhood deaths have reached about 170 in a season.
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"For the 2017-2018 season, manufacturers projected they would provide between 151 million and 166 million doses of injectable vaccine for the USA market".
While it's not too late to get a flu shot, she said it looked like outbreaks in the region had likely hit their high point for this flu season.
The child's death is the first confirmed flu-related pediatric loss of life this flu season, according to the agency.
According to the most recent reports from state health departments, the flu is still a potent force in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Studies have shown that flu is associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
"Getting the flu shot is the same kind of sensible precaution as buckling your seatbelt", said Health Secretary Alex Azar.
"My wife got nervous after learning about the death of a little girl from Golden Hill", Richard Kanan said.
9, all healthcare providers in Livingston County that administer flu vaccine still had vaccine, said the health department's Director of Patient Services, Kathleen Root. There have been more than 8,100 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in MA this flu season, DPH said. Immune responses differ by age, and previous infection or vaccination history can affect vaccine protection.