Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

As patient numbers increase, experts say flu shot less effective

Doctor weighs in on effectiveness of this year's flu shot

There are also concerns that this year's flu shot may not be all that effective in preventing the respiratory illness.

Health experts are warning that this year could be a rough year for the the flu.

Although it is relatively early in this flu season, influenza activity in SC at this point has been higher than normal.

Both the CDC and the Department of Public Health stress getting a flu shot.

Other explanations for Penobscot's numbers include the possibility that there are actually more flu cases in the community or that designated health care providers are being especially avid in reporting their cases. "It's a good guess that H3N2 will predominate, and that's worrisome", he said. Some patients believe they can protect themselves by boosting their immune systems, eating well and making sure they sleep better, she said. "The people who are most vulnerable are the elderly and children and women who are pregnant".

Flannery explained that the journal article looked at Australia's most recent flu season and highlights the low vaccine effectiveness against one type of influenza: the H3N2 strain predominating in the U.S. today.

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The weekly influenza surveillance report shows that of all ME counties, Penobscot County has the most flu activity, with 60 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and 24 hospitalizations.

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In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis, inflammation of the small airways in the lung, and pneumonia, infection of the lungs, in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States.

Experts say that 24 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 135.

But she added that a 10 percent effectiveness rate still seems a bit low.

If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

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