The CDC confirmed flu cases in 2017 are at more than 7,000 right now, which is more than double what they were at this time previous year. Next are, in order, York, Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. Most people recover in less than two weeks.
Schwartz, who was not involved in the CDC reports, said some of her patients take the flu shot, but others do not. Flu reporting is largely voluntary and often inconsistent, Bennett said, so the weekly surveillance reports are "just a snapshot" that, examined over time, reveal seasonal trends.
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However, the shot does not provide exact matches for the H3N2 and the B strains now circulating, said Skowronski.
"It is recommended you get your flu shot starting in the fall", Walz said.
The four most deadly flu seasons of the last 10 years - in the winters of 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2012-2013, and 2014-15 - were H3N2 seasons, each with a particular version of that flu type. "Once it's here, it'll spread like a brushfire".
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Yearly flu vaccinations help protect individuals from influenza.
Don't underestimate how sick flu can make you, Mills cautioned. Flu related complications can include pneumonia and dehydration. While some people get flu even after receiving a flu shot, the vaccine frequently lessens the severity and duration of illness. The cost of adult flu vaccine is $25.00.
"When we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely", said Schaffner, who was not involved in the CDC research, though he is a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops recommendations on the use of vaccines for the CDC.
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"If you're not excited about getting vaccinated yourself, do it for the people you love", Mills said.