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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Flu winds down as FDA aims for better vaccine next winter

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Flu winds down as FDA aims for better vaccine next winter

WASHINGTON (AP) – The miserable flu season is winding down, but it’s lasted longer than usual and federal health officials warn there’s still a lot of illness spreading. An aggressive flu strain caused most of this year’s illnesses, and the vaccine wasn’t a good match. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu-related […]

Flu winds down as FDA aims for better vaccine next winter

WASHINGTON (AP) – The miserable flu season is winding down, but it’s lasted longer than usual and federal health officials warn there’s still a lot of illness spreading.

An aggressive flu strain caused most of this year’s illnesses, and the vaccine wasn’t a good match. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu-related hospitalizations of seniors were at their highest since 2005. It’s too soon to know the death toll, but CDC has counted 92 flu-related deaths among children, close to the yearly average.

Flu viruses constantly mutate, and a slightly different so-called H3N2 strain started spreading only after the vaccine was being brewed – too late to add it to the shots. Wednesday, government advisers recommended adding that strain to next winter’s vaccine, in hopes of better protection.

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