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A flu epidemic has been declared by the CDC. H3N2 has swept across 22 states and claimed the lives of at least 15 children. The mutated strain of the flu virus has reportedly caused 2,500 hospitalizations around the United States. H3N2 typically affects young children, people age 65 and older, and teenagers.
Although the CDC has admitted that the existing flu vaccine does not prevent the mutant H3N2 flu strain, health agency officials feel that the vaccine “should” still provide some type of protection against the illness.
The flu symptoms from the H3N2 viruses are no different that the common flu, Rattay -director of the state's Division of Public Health- said, ranging from fever to muscle aches to respiratory issues. But they are potentially riskier among the elderly, young children, pregnant women, people with asthma and other breathing problems, and people with compromised immune systems.
Symptoms of influenza illness include: fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with influenza will have a fever), sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), and some people may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. Severe illness, such as pneumonia and respiratory failure, which can be fatal, and worsening of an existing chronic health conditions have been reported with influenza as well.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: phinubian
The flu shot does not cause the flu. One simply needs to look at the stats to see this is the case. The vast majority of flu shots are given in October. Most flu cases occur in January. Flu has an incubation period of about 48 hours.
originally posted by: deadeyedick
a reply to: Xcalibur254
live or dead it is still a virus and like the other poster said it does not seem to help.
the claim you made about the flu shots this year covering h3n2 is false. it was never in the mix
your data collection method is faulty. the shots do make people sick often but usually it is not as bad as the flu itself unless there are complicated circumstances