At the time, public health experts were anxious about what the lack of data would do to state departments' response to the flu, but it turned out that there had been little information to report anyway since the shutdown happened at the start of the flu season and lasted 16 days. The influenza viruses come from the intestines of birds and pigs. Scientists and health officials know what's needed and what we should be doing. Ehrman previously worked at Maryland for almost two decades, where she helped with developing the study, before moving to SJSU previous year.
Cases of the H1N1 strain in 2009 peaked in April.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reported the number of confirmed influenza cases has dropped over the past week. If a temporary extension isn't put in place, the Department of Health of Human Services said it would furlough half its workers and suspend the CDC's influenza program at midnight.
The Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) has flu shots available for residents who still need to get one.
Let there be no mistake: in a severe pandemic, the USA healthcare system could be overwhelmed in just weeks.
"H3N2 is a strain that's most capable of outsmarting us", she said. He likened getting a vaccination to putting on your seatbelt.
It will be soon a century since the first influenza virus was discovered, yet their mutation continues to defy the efforts to find a vaccine to beat it universally.
But, the New Haven Health Department is offering a solution: flu shots for residents at their office at 54 Meadow Street, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. People are infectious the day before onset and up to seven days after the onset.
"The research is very helpful in curtailing the effects in the long run", said Dr. Vajjhala.
The scientists used leading-edge genomics to identify and eliminate the virus' defense mechanisms, enabling them to develop a vaccine "candidate" - meaning that it must still undergo evaluation and approval by the FDA - that in animals has been proven to be safe and highly effective against influenza.
Researchers believe that the particular strain of flu this season has been both stronger than expected, but also different than projected - which caused immunizations to be less effective. "We're not talking about a gastrointestinal bug that causes diarrhea and vomiting".
The exception is, of course, if there is an influenza pandemic with a new virus that no one is immune to.
Keep it clean - Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer to reduce germs.
If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. "There's a lot of elderly people that go to Mass". "Those kind of things might protect you from acquiring the disease".
Everyone's talking-and rightly so-about this year's flu season, which is on its way to becoming the worst in 15 years. "But overall, I think it's a good idea for the public to have information".
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