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People Die of Respiratory Diseases Every Year

14 December 2017, 04:14 | Rodolfo Quinn

Africa: Respiratory Diseases Linked to Seasonal Flu Claim Thousands of Lives Every Year - UN Health Agency

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year

That being said, doctors say that the vaccine is still the best defense.

"Obviously it's not 100 percent, and you know this year the effectiveness is not where we want it to be but it's still better than zero", said Haman.

People most at risk from flu-related death are people older than 75, and people living in less-developed nations, according to the study.

The CDC notes that the 10 percent figure is an Australian interim estimate of the vaccine's benefit against one flu virus - the H3N2 virus - that circulated in Australia during its most recent flu season.

He says the vaccine is especially important for people at high risk of complications from flu, including children under 2, pregnant women and adults over 65. As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, United States health officials said yesterday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll.

Winter said this sort of fluctuation appears to be the result of an early spike in the flu season, unlike last season's spike, which came in February.

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Osterholm said it's still a good idea to get a shot. "Some regions see more flu A, which is common, some regions more flu B. Once in a while, you'll get a combination of A and B". "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season". "So, you might as well get it and it will protect you to some extent and will cause you to protect your family and the people around you, because you won't be getting ill with the flu and spreading it".

"It is concerning, because we plan for our influenza season based on what's going on in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn't necessarily mean that our vaccine's gonna be 10% effective during our season", said Brock.

She encouraged people with those symptoms contact their medical provider quickly, as the anti-flu treatment Theraflu is most effective in the first 48 hours.

She said it's not too late for people to get the flu vaccine, although it takes about two weeks to reach full efficacy.

Those practices include avoiding those who are sick, staying home if you're sick (until you've been fever-free without medicine for more than 24 hours), washing or sanitizing hands often, covering coughs or sneezes, and avoiding touching one's eyes, nose and mouth.

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