This year's flu vaccine estimated to be less effective: CDC

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It's the 35th year the York Hospital Auxiliary has coordinated the event, partnering for the first time with the Byrnes center.

One reason why we're being hit so hard this season.

The New York State Health Department has confirmed a child has died of complications from the flu. That means the virus has been confirmed in a lab in at least half of the regions of the state.

CHC held 45 flu clinics across campus, where thousands of students simply walked in and received the flu shot within minutes.

He said: "While we've still got a couple of months of winter left, this week's statistics provide further evidence that the vaccine is a good match against the current most common strains".

Experts say this year's flu vaccine is only 30% effective, saying the H3N2 strain, is tough to fight. However, Grey said there was a "slight mutation" since those vaccines were developed. "Our top goal is to treat all patients in a safe and appropriate manner, and our teams are doing their best to minimize any impact on our patients", said UNC Health Care/UNC REX Healthcare spokesperson Alan Wolf.

As of the week ending January 6, there have been 1,765 flu-related hospitalizations, 55 outbreaks of influenza-like illness in long-term care facilities, 43 outbreaks in schools and one pediatric flu death this flu season.

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She said: "These statistics confirm what we've been hearing up and down the country that the complexity of treating flu, including appropriate diagnosis and segregation to avoid cross-contamination, is putting our health system under significant pressure".

That might be the result of an earlier season. The week ending December 30, 2017, saw 142 confirmed flu cases, an increase of 48 percent over the previous week. Peak season is anywhere from 6,000 to 8,000 cases.

If you get the flu, stay home and rest so you don't spread it to other people.

Flu vaccines are covered by most insurance plans.

Both the flu and RSV have similar symptoms like fever, coughing and runny noses. If you end up getting it, DO take it within the 24 to 48 hours. People suffering from the flu should stay off from work until their symptoms subside.

Many of these patients are here because of the flu.

"Hand washing, cough and sneeze in your sleeve".

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