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5 major developments this flu season

10 March 2018

And, as health officials predicted, cases of less severe influenza B infections have now eclipsed cases of more severe influenza A infections.

Some "natural" health websites have misrepresented remarks of a Wisconsin county public health nurse, Anna Treague, who was trying to explain to a local newspaper why this year's influenza vaccine was not as effective as other years.

The Hampton and Newport News health department locations are offering free flu shots, while supplies last, officials said.

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Dr Jonathan Quick, chair of the Global Health Council, said the rapidly shapeshifting flu virus is "the most diabolic, hardest-to-control, and fastest-spreading potential viral killer known to humankind". The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. GlobalData reports that the real-time strain surveillance relationship of this technology can provide the most effective seasonal influenza vaccine.

Type A flu, which has been more severe, was more common earlier in the season, but there have been more cases of less-severe Type B as the season progressed. So far this season the CDC has confirmed 119 pediatric deaths.

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of flu now stands at 16,986 as of the state's March 9 report, an increase of 1,215 from the year-to-date figure for the week ending March 2.

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Cabaj said high-risk groups, in particular, are urged to get the vaccine, such as young children, older adults, people with chronic conditions and pregnant women.

At the end of January, the Naval Center Camp Lejeune reported an influx of patients in their emergency room with flu-like symptoms, causing extremely long lines.

The DHHR also encourages West Virginians to take preventative measures such as washing your hands, covering your cough, drinking plenty of fluids and staying home from work if you're sick. Cell-based and recombinant vaccine production not only allow for direct incorporation of sequenced circulating influenza viruses, but can also be completed more quickly than the egg-based approach.

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"As along as flu is circulating, people should - if they have not already - still get their flu vaccine", she said.

5 major developments this flu season