"Statistical modeling with those results was used to generate an estimate of the number of flu-associated respiratory deaths for 185 countries across the world", according to the official press release.
The county reminds its residents there is no live virus in flu shots and the vaccine can not cause the flu. The report also finds vaping and marijuana are more popular among 12th-graders than traditional cigarettes or misused prescription pain relievers. The shot can come with common side effects, however, including soreness, low-grade fever and muscle aches. Dr. Wallace said this is the best precautionary message for schools.
"The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu", the health department said in a statement on November 30.
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Each year, the makers of the flu vaccine try to match the vaccine against what they know have been active strains of the flu.
Based on this data, CDC believes that vaccine effectiveness estimates from last season are likely to be a better predictor of the benefits to expect this season against circulating H3N2 viruses in the US.
In Connecticut, influenza A viruses are dominating in the state, as they are nationwide. More than 600 required hospitalization.
The county says flu vaccinations are recommended for anyone six months or older unless otherwise directed by a physician.
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"Unfortunately, it's the one strain that the vaccine is really underperforming in, in every regard", he said.
The viruses attacked by the vaccine are chosen far before the flu season because it takes a while to grow the necessary material in the millions of eggs needed.
This goes to Schwartz's point: There are not enough data to support claims that the flu shot will lessen symptom severity or duration of illness, she said. However, among people who go to a doctor's office, "it's very hard to show there's a reduction in severity".
The bulk of cases were in Fairfield County, which had 49 people test positive for the flu.
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"H3N2 seasons have been more severe in terms of hospitalization and death, especially in the elderly and young children".