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"It is still your best defense".

School principals had notified parents that a flu clinic was to be held from 3 to 6 p.m., and that it was available for all children ages 1 and up as well as uninsured adults and those who are insured through Mass Health.

And, she said, the flu season may not end for months.

Monto noted that the 25% effectiveness against H3N2 is higher than the 10% reported earlier from Australia.

As emergency rooms across the country continue to be swamped with flu patients, ME hospital officials are expecting this year's flu onslaught to become even more severe, according to a Bangor Daily News report.

This year's predominant strain is an H3N2 Influenza A virus, which tends to be more severe than others.

Although the vaccine may not stop the flu, it will bolster the body's immune response against the virus, tempering its effects. And it was 42 percent effective against Type B flu viruses.

Adding to the threat is that this year's vaccine "doesn't appear to be working as well as we would like", Frieden said.

Additionally, he points out that based on the preliminary data published by the CDC, cell-based vaccines developed using cells of mammals or through recombinant DNA technology have shown better efficacy than those made from chicken eggs. "This being a particularly bad flu year, people can still get prevention with a vaccine", Solomon said. She was not involved in the CDC research. "There is a vaccine specific for people who are older that gives you a higher dose".

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"If it is a bad season, and this is a bad season, that's going to prevent thousands of hospitalizations and deaths", he said. That ties the highest level seen in the US during swine flu in 2009. He said that influenza B surpassed influenza A last week for the first time this season. But the highest hospitalization rate belongs to the elderly.

"In severe seasons in the past over 700,000 people have been hospitalized and 56,000 people died from influenza".

Influenza A, or H3N2, is the prevailing strain of influenza in the 2018 season.

Flu shots are available at Oakland County Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

The Public Health Department says 250 to 1,100 MA residents die annually from flu-related complications.

"The strains that are circulating are the strains we predicted". Yet all of the 265 H1N1 strains tested were killed by zanamivir.

Cover their coughs and sneezes.

If you are sick, stay home from school or work.

"Getting vaccinated does not mean that you can't or you won't get sick, but it can reduce the duration and severity of illness and prevent the spread to others", Surgeon-General Dr. Jerome Adams told a news conference. "Go get a flu shot". "Do it for yourself, your family and your community".