Arkansas received 15 more reports of flu fatalities in the past week, raising the death toll to 140 in what's already become the state's deadliest flu season in at least 17 years. A total of 10,418 influenza-like-illness cases have been reported statewide - 381 of which from Passaic County. They discovered that in the young, more immune cells called monocytes were recruited to the lungs, and that the gene expression profiles of these cells had more inflammatory features, causing greater inflammation and more severe lung injury. 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. West Milford Township Public Health Nurse Rebecca Stumpf is continuing to encourage residents to get vaccinated.
Experts say the vaccine's poor performance is one reason why the United States has been suffering a surprisingly intense flu season.
The vaccine provided good protection - 67 percent effective - against another common kind of flu virus, Type A H1N1, which has not been seen much this winter.
And getting a flu shot.
There have been record-breaking numbers this season in Oklahoma with 3,440 flu-associated hospitalizations, and 153 deaths.
"You want to wash your hands after you leave the house, after using the bathroom, after shaking hands with people". The death occurred here in Oklahoma County.
The Department of Health urges everyone over the age of six months, including pregnant women, to get the shot.
"I feel anxious that they are going to get very ill", she said, "very, very, very ill and not be able to come back to school".
As has been the case for a number of years now, the H3N2 component of the vaccine is its weakest link.
This year we are seeing a lot more influenza like illness due to the widespread flu activity we are experiencing in the surrounding community. The CDC advises that people who are very sick or who are at high risk for serious flu complications should get antiviral medications as soon as flu symptoms appear. Despite medical professionals' almost universal recommendation that patients get the flu vaccination, the percentage of those who opt out continues to rise.
He added that older people generally have less effective immune systems and that many Americans over 65 are facing an extra challenge when it comes to H3N2.