First flu-related death of the season hits Edmonton


Flu season is back, which means it's time to protect yourself and loved ones by getting a free flu shot. "Work with your physician to determine the best vaccine type for you, and don't delay in getting medical care if you suspect you have contracted the flu".

To make things worse, the National Institutes of Health says this season's vaccine may only be 10 percent effective against the severe strain of flu. "So we have seen some cases but ... we don't have a lot of people in hospital, for example, with flu at this point".

The numbers also show vaccinations are ahead of last year's pace.

This year's flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season, NBC News reported.

But Fauci said Americans should still take the time to get a vaccination.

AHS's statistics also indicate influenza has been somewhat more active earlier in the season than previous year.

In Ohio, 35 people have been hospitalized, but flu typically peaks in January.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends flu vaccine for all individuals six months of age and older. They're especially vulnerable to flu's risky complications because they tend to have more underlying health problems than younger people - and because standard flu shots don't work as well with age-weakened immune systems.

Glaser isn't sure why there were so many cases of the flu here last season, but said severity fluctuates from year to year.

Two vaccine brands target the 65-and-older crowd. But a year ago, a baffled CDC said it was no longer protecting against certain influenza strains as well as regular flu shots - and told doctors not to use it.