The vaccine provided 59 percent protection against H3N2 in children 8 and younger. About two weeks ago, Challenger boosted the projection to $15.4 billion to $20.9 billion.
Vaccine effectiveness is tricky to measure, because there is no way to know how many vaccinated people never got ill at all.
Because of the vaccine's limited effectiveness, the use of antiviral medications to treat flu patients is especially important this season, according to the CDC. There are as many as 56,000 deaths connected to the flu during a bad year. The child had experienced flu-like symptoms including fever and difficulty breathing.
The new report shows that for the week ending January 27, just under 10 percent of US death certificates listed flu or pneumonia. "This is a bad incident, and it affects not only the family, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family, but it affects so many different families who are all now anxious and scared about what could happen to their children". The flu vaccine has been relatively ineffective. That data will come later. Department officials believe New Brunswick's high numbers are because of the longer flu season, and co-circulation of both strains. In general, viruses in the influenza B family cause less serious illness than those in the A group.
This article has been updated to include comments from Dr. Anne Schuchat.
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"The strains that are circulating are the strains we predicted".
"The Haverhill Public Schools' community continues to offer its support and assistance to Golden Hill School students, parents and staff as they cope with the tragic passing of a first grader", Scully said in a prepared statement. So all the different vaccines on the market are lumped in together in vaccine effectiveness estimates.
Flu symptoms hit suddenly, but even then, it's best to go to the doctor for an examination.
Paul Auwaerter, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), called the Democrats' universal-vaccine bill a "good start at a good time".
It would stand to reason, therefore, that getting a flu shot is still a wise decision. This year so far, 63 children have died from influenza. "We had a one day vaccination event where we vaccinated 2800 people in public health units".
But most of the children who have died this year have not been vaccinated, the report said. Those who still get the flu should stay home from school or work to avoid spreading the virus.
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