Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

FDA Commissioner Prepares For Next Flu Season

FDA Commissioner Prepares For Next Flu Season

However, the CDC did not explicitly endorse the nasal vaccine for the next flu season, recommending instead that patients and doctors decide. Centers for Disease Control data shows a recent decline in doctors visits to report flu-like symptoms, but the agency stopped short of confirming if the number of cases had peaked yet.

USA servicemembers in Europe have been less likely than their counterparts elsewhere to get the flu, but it's still important to get vaccinated, Army health officials said. That can make it hard to determine when the most active part of the season is over.

The Mail also included profiles and photos of some of those who have died from the flu this season, ranging from a 4-year-old boy with an underlying health condition to healthy and fit adults.

Part of the process will be understanding why this year's vaccine was less effective against influenza A, the common cause of flu-related illnesses this season.

The Berks Visiting Nurse Association has provided over 1,300 flu shots this year, and there's been strong interest in the vaccine as the news of the bad flu season has intensified, said Amanda Price, a licensed practical nurse for the Berks Visiting Nurse Association.


"What we learn about the differences in efficacy between these different vaccines might reveal information that can inform why overall effectiveness against H3N2 was lagging", Gottlieb said. 2018 flu season, the H3N2 virus was the main strain and vaccine effectiveness was only about 36%.

It's "not too late to get vaccinated if you have not yet done so, given that we are starting to see a larger proportion of illnesses caused by H1N1 and B influenza, for which vaccines offer better protection", Gottlieb said.

And while the number of cases of flu diagnoses fell, this season might not end completely until mid-April, a CDC spokesman said, according to the Daily Mail.

After these updates the Federal health officials now trying to know that why the present flu vaccines are not as effective as the previous one.

So why did this season's vaccines not deliver higher protection against H3N2?


Despite the declines in the CDC's latest data and reports that this year's vaccine is only about 36 percent effective in preventing the flu, US health officials are still urging people to get one.

This will include comparing outcomes for people who got the standard vaccine versus a "high-dose" version that contains about four times as much influenza material or immune-triggering antigen.

Those who get the vaccine and still get the flu are less likely to experience flu complications (such as pneumonia) since the virus tends to be milder in people who were vaccinated.

"I think it will promote even further immunization of children with influenza vaccine and that's just terribly, terribly important", said Schaffner.


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