Number of students with flu decreases significantly this year, despite national epidemic

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This theory was supported when researchers gave ferrets that had never previously had the flu both the vaccine and the illness in 2013.

Manufacturers have reported they have shipped more than 151 million doses of flu vaccines for this flu season.

She recommends staying home if you feel ill and wash your hands to prevent the spread of germs.

There are many different types of flu circulating around the world, but four main types are being seen, or are set to emerge, in America this winter.

"The more students and staff who have flu shots, the better protection there is", Long said.

"Hospitalization rates are significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began nearly a decade ago", Schuchat added.

According to CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat, the latest influenza weekly report has revealed that 10 additional children have died from the flu this season.

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In early February, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Health to authorize emergency assistance funding to enhance reimbursement to counties and help fund expanded efforts to promote and increase access to flu vaccines statewide.

You reduce your risk of catching and spreading the flu and, even if you do get the flu, having the vaccine reduces the severity of illness and death. Overall, this season's vaccine is 36 percent effective.

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The FDA is involved in many critical steps in the annual production of influenza vaccines.

Still, drugmakers are scrambling to produce a better vaccine called a "universal vaccine". These include providing some manufacturers with the seed viruses used for further vaccine manufacture and the critical potency reagents needed to ensure that influenza vaccines made by one manufacturer are similar to those made by another. That's because the vaccine has protective qualities irrespective of strain.

"It is important to note that the flu vaccines are inactive viruses". Drugmakers wouldn't have to update it each year like with current vaccines. The manufacturers are working to try to make better influenza vaccines step-by-step. In particular, our scientists are interested in looking at continuous manufacturing technologies for cell-based and recombinant vaccines, which could facilitate much more agility in responding to changes in influenza strains.

And while the vast majority of otherwise healthy children will ride out a bout of influenza and recover rather quickly, a small number will develop potentially life-threatening complications that require immediate medical attention, Schaffner said.

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