New estimate shows higher global rate of deaths from flu

CDC says more people die of influenza worldwide than some experts have estimated

Almost all deaths among children under five with influenza-related lower respiratory tract infections occur in developing countries, but the effects of seasonal influenza epidemics on the world's poorest are not fully known.

It's still early in the flu season, but three USA states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity. DE flu shot clinics up and down the states.

There were 74 confirmed cases of influenza A at approximately this point in the 2016-2017 season, and six confirmed cases of influenza B, according to the report.

Children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are seen most at risk for the disease, which can be fatal.

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The researchers concluded that their work could help guide countries that want to introduce or expand flu vaccination programs and could be used to help win more support from global health groups looking to increase access to the vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. "There's still some protection against all flu illness in Australia last season".

This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of the flu.

As the vaccine for this year's northern hemisphere flu season is the same, that could mean the season may be especially severe. "They highlight the importance of influenza prevention for seasonal epidemics, as well as preparedness for pandemics".

Last week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made an urgent plea for better vaccines in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying "longer-term, transformative vaccine approaches are needed to minimise influenza-related morbidity and mortality".

According to the CDC, influenza A viruses have been the most commonly identified to date this season, with influenza A (H3N2) the most dominate.

For the new study, the team estimated excess morality for flu for 33 individual countries-which make up 57% of the world's population-based on surveillance data from 1999 to 2015.

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