People Die of Respiratory Diseases Every Year

People Die of Respiratory Diseases Every Year

"We typically don't see our peak until January, February", said Haman.

Dr Peter Salama, executive director of the World Health Organisation's Health Emergencies Programme, said the findings "highlight the importance of influenza prevention for seasonal epidemics, as well as preparedness for pandemics".

The Champaign region, which includes Effingham and Shelby counties, has the second-highest percentage of reported infections, behind the Chicago region.

In Texas, 5.6 percent of patients presented with influenza-like illness, below the statewide baseline of 6.3 percent for the past week.

"Over the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been associated with an average of 3,500 deaths a year in IL".

"Obviously it's not 100 percent, and you know this year the effectiveness is not where we want it to be but it's still better than zero", said Haman.

"Unfortunately, it's the one strain that the vaccine is really underperforming in, in every regard", he said.

There have been 45 ICU admissions and one influenza-related pediatric death so far this year at tracked hospitals, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

"The flu season is going to happen", Winter said.

That strain caused some of the most severe illnesses and deaths in the Southern Hemisphere during their flu season this year, particularly in older populations.

Osterholm said it's still a good idea to get a shot.

"The flu vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that research and surveillance indicate will likely be most common during the season".

"There are four different strands of flu in the flu vaccine, so what we see now is maybe not the strand we'll see later", said Dr. Hawse. They are already seeing an uptick in people falling ill.

"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said. The programme was meant to help the media to correctly report on the flu, avoid sensationalism and misinformation that could create fear and panic among the people. "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice".

It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective and flu is already active in our community, Lantrip said.

In addition, you should clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often, especially if someone is sick.

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