Oregon Flu Season Continues Despite Tapering

The flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective this year. Blame eggs.

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Health officials say its still not too late to get the flu shot.

In the U.S., the season seemed to peak in early February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

"We have definitely peaked", CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, "that doesn't mean we aren't going to see more flu activity". "There's still time for illnesses and viruses to circulate". A year ago was a relatively mild season for influenza. It's an influenza A virus known as H3N2, the most deadly of the two influenza A viruses and two types of influenza B viruses that are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. But flu activity is still high and widespread nationwide.

The 253 deaths at this point in the year are a clear indication that this year's flu season is far worse than last year's, Morrow said. They say the virus continues to be elevated in the state.

New research calls into question what's in those IV bags that almost every hospitalized patient gets.

The CDC also found that circulating flu strains this season are a mix of H3N2, H1N1 and B viruses.

H3N2 is associated with more complications, hospitalizations and deaths, especially among children, people older than 65 and those with certain chronic conditions. That figure includes a patient Edmundson once treated. "In terms of sheer numbers, kids bear the great burden of influenza disease". That brings the total to at least 114 for the 2017-18 season.

Having a less-than-optimal flu vaccine doesn't help. "The problem is that we got a resistant strain out there".

"With flu it's kind of like a steeplechase where we have a fairly quick ramp up of activity, a few weeks of intense activity and then it comes back down", said Dr. Michelle Murti, a public health physician at Public Health Ontario.

Most of the discussion related to the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine and one of the influenza B components, Webby said. "So people should still get a flu shot".

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