Flu season worst since 2009, CDC says

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In addition, the vaccine is 67 percent effective against the other influenza A strain, H1N1, and 42 percent effective against influenza B viruses, the CDC found. This flu season was no different - the Toronto hospital said between December 1, 2017, and Feb. 20, 2018, it has had an average occupancy rate of 108 per cent, rising to 111 per cent in February.

"Where we are at now is still the peak we saw last season", Nordlund said.

This season of misery, fevers, chills, muscle aches and overwhelming fatigue has been especially severe because of the predominant flu strain circulating.

The latest report shows the overall proportion of influenza A viruses is declining, but the proportion of influenza B viruses is increasing. Deaths from the flu or pneumonia are going down, too.

The latest flu numbers from North Carolina's Department of Health & Human Services showed 18 new flu deaths for the week ending in February 24. Even if you get a flu shot, it has been less effective this season.

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How the vaccine is manufactured could be a problem, however.

Recalling reports of triage tents being set up outside emergency rooms in some American hospitals, Webby said, "when we hit these bad seasons, it highlights all the shortfalls that are there" in health systems.

"We do know that the vaccine is worth getting", Schuchat said. And while scientists pursue the holy grail of a universal flu vaccine, they should also try to understand how our current production methods hamper the vaccines we have now.

Most of the discussion related to the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine and one of the influenza B components, Webby said. The FDA requires that vaccines be grown in chicken eggs, but some strains, like this year's H3N2 don't grow well in eggs. "So people should still get a flu shot". Most of the children who have died this winter had not received the flu vaccine. "Unfortunately, they all take time", Webby said.

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