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This year's flu vaccines reduce the chance of getting the flu by about one-third but are just 25% effective against the nasty strain causing the most misery, according to preliminary estimates released Thursday. Most flu vaccines are 40 to 60 percent effective, and this vaccine, based on initial results from Canada, is about 17 percent effective. The numbers were worse for H3N2. "Protection is higher against other strains included in the vaccine and can help flu illness be milder and shorter for those who still get sick".

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

Federal scientists say people should get vaccinated even though this year's shot hasn't been that effective, particularly against a nasty H3N2 strain. "It's better than nothing", she said. And, it offered 33 percent effectiveness for those aged 18 to 49.

Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to predominate within the U.S. and CT although influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B viruses are also being reported. The illness tracker gave Warrenton a 4.5 out of 10 ranking in level of severity for influenza, and Manassas a 5. A popular second-grade teacher, Heather Holland, in the small town of Weatherford, Texas died from the flu after she put off picking up a prescription because of the medication's more than $100 co-pay. "Everybody should get a vaccine because even when it doesn't work great, it's still a preventative", Solomon said.

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Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. Flu strains mutate every year.

It's no secret that this year's flu season is bad.

She said while the CDC can't predict when the flu season will end, the USA could be "looking at several more weeks of serious activity". Approximately 3,440 hospitalizations have been reported since flu season began. Among the 54 whose vaccination status was known, 74 percent had not been vaccinated.

The CDC warns individuals that flu symptoms come on suddenly.

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The hospital paired flu patients in double rooms and used beds in specialty areas of the hospitals to accommodate the overload, Dr. Valenti said. The school absenteeism rate was above an average of the three highest flu seasons for the week but well below the peaks of previous seasons.

Influenza activity in the United States began in October and increased in early November, then rose sharply from December through February 3, according to a separate CDC report released Thursday.

"Although we can't predict how much longer this season will last, we may be looking at several more weeks of intense flu activity", Schuchat added.

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