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CDC: Flu Blamed for 84 Child Deaths This Season

CDC: Flu Blamed for 84 Child Deaths This Season

This year's vaccine will reduce your risk of getting the flu by about 33 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2012-13, the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine was effective in just 39 percent of people.

The CDC said it doesn't have enough evidence to make a recommendation to the public regarding which of the 12 vaccines is most effective for the current flu season.

A study published last year by researchers at the CDC, found that "providing paid sick leave to workers who lack it might help decrease the number of workdays lost due to flu and similar illnesses by almost 4 to 11 million per year", resulting in an overall cost savings of $1 billion to $2 billion dollars.

"We continue to recommend parents get their children vaccinated even though it's late in the season", said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting CDC director.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said these new vaccines have been specifically designed for those over 65, as their immune systems respond less effectively to the generic vaccines.

This flu season started early and got intense quickly, becoming one of the worst seasons in more than a decade.

This year's vaccine is less effective against the strain of virus making the rounds.

Figures released Thursday suggest this year's flu vaccine has worked fairly well in children younger than 9.

Australia was hit hard by the flu in 2017, with a high number of deaths and hospitalizations.

The CDC does not count the number of adult deaths, however Dr Jernigan previously said that he expects the number of pediatric deaths to be similar as the 2014 season that killed 148 children. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by several types and strains of influenza virus that infect the respiratory tract in humans, which includes the nose, throat and lungs. This information, together with surveillance information provided by the CDC, offers important insight into the selection of the next season's vaccine strains and into whether any changes in the vaccine development process need to be made.

There are two options for flu vaccine: the nasal spray or the shot. Pre-veterinarian and biology sophomore Ciara Kibby said that she knows at least ten people who have gotten the flu, including two of her professors. Sharing is caring, but the flu virus is contagious for 24 hours before symptoms appear, so you're better safe than sorry.

Scientists guess which three or four strains to add into vaccines each year. They cite factors such as age, baseline health status and that year's vaccine "match" - the similarity between the viruses used to make the vaccine and the ones that are prevalent in a certain year.

Ultimately, developing a universal influenza vaccine that provides protection against many different strains of flu from year-to-year would be ideal.