Flu shot not a good match for strain that affects children

02/15/2020 04:00 |

Flu shot not a good match for strain that affects children

Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China, which can cause symptoms that can be hard to distinguish from flu without testing.

According to the CDC, "most of the flu vaccines are made using an egg-based vaccine by private manufacturers who inject candidate vaccine viruses into a fertilized hen's egg".

"I just don't want to (get the flu vaccine)". "For comparison, the transmissibility of seasonal influenza is much lower than that...for every person who has influenza, they tend to transmit it to a little over one person, on average".

The US will begin testing people identified by local health authorities as having flu-like symptoms for the novel coronavirus, a senior official said on Friday (Feb 14), a significant expansion of the government's response to the epidemic.

Stay home when you are sick.

Last week, the first case of Coronavirus in Wisconsin was confirmed.

The threat to the new coronavirus isn't ignored, said Gerrard, but she said OR has a "very low" risk of seeing very many cases of the new malady.

A total of 78 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported nationwide during the 2019-20 influenza season.

This year's flu season has been sweeping the nation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting more than 12,000 deaths and at least 22 million people infected so far this year.

"For the most part they actually have the same morbidity-mortality, meaning you're likely to get the same complications from influenza and Coronavirus".

"We have been looking at general trends and we are definitely not on the downward slope yet".

Williams says people in the Chippewa Valley shouldn't lose sleep over the Coronavirus.

"None of the individuals in isolation have any symptoms of the virus, and they are being monitored per (federal) CDC guidelines", Colby College said in a statement posted on its website February 6.

At Sacred Heart, they say the only difference is they ask if people have traveled specifically to China recently, the source of the outbreak.

Everyone should practice good hand hygiene; washing hands properly can offer a great defense against the flu.

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