Influenza vaccine is moderately good to protect those who received it this year, according to staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Preliminary CDC data show that the vaccine is approximately 47% effective against all circulating influenza strains, increasing to 61% efficacy in children aged 6 months to 17 years. CDC claims that an effective flu vaccine reduces disease levels between 40 and 60 percent.
The rates are based on data by February 2 for more than 3,200 people included in the US influenza vaccine efficacy network. For comparison, the influenza prison for 201
Health officials recommend flu vaccinations for almost all 6 months of age and older.
"The CDC recommends that healthcare providers continue to apply a flu vaccine as flu activity continues and vaccine can still prevent illness, hospitalization and death associated with currently circulating flu viruses or other viruses flu that can circulate later in the season "
The flu is currently prevalent in 47 countries, including Alabama.
The flu season usually lasts from October to the end of May, reaching the beginning of January to March. It can cause mild to severe illness and, sometimes, death. His symptoms appear rapidly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or stuffy nose, pain in the body, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. almost all Alabama reports of widespread activity