As long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated.
"Last year's flu season was notable for the severity, the number of people affected and the rate of hospitalizations", said Dr. Caitlin Pedati, state epidemiologist and medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.
"We've certainly seen the number of lab-confirmed cases come down", Waters said. Often times you see a spike in the "B" cases later on in the flu season.
Many thought the flu season was winding down and Waters said there was a second wave of influenza about three weeks ago.
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC), this year's dominant flu strain was of the H1N1 variety, a flu type with which vaccines have historically had success, said CDC influenza lead Danuta Skowronski.
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The New York State Health Department categorized Influenza activity level as "widespread", marking the sixth straight week that widespread activity has been reported.
Overall, the effectiveness of last year's flu shot was estimated to be 40%, meaning getting vaccinated reduced an individual's risk of seeking medical care by 40%. There are many benefits to vaccination, including reducing the risk of flu illness, doctor's visits, hospitalization, and even death in children.
So far, nearly eight thousand lab confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Missouri.
She adds older people seem to have some sort of resistance to that strain, but have still been dealing with H3N2, a type that has been more prevalent over the last couple of years.
The decline is influenced by several factors, including the antigen used in the vaccine, the age of the person being vaccinated, and the person's general health (for example, certain chronic health conditions may have an impact on immunity). "We have a lot more middle-aged people and children who are becoming very ill with the flu, needing to be hospitalized". "But the other important things are to wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home and away from others if you're sick".