Adult dies in San Francisco's 1st flu-related death this winter season

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It's not too late to get your yearly flu vaccine to possibly avoid getting sick.

Although there are fewer cases of influenza than this time previous year, experts say rates of influenza are generally above-average levels across the country.

"After the vaccine, it takes a couple of weeks, because you have to build antibody", Lee said.

"All of the fluologists have their own crystal ball, but flu is fickle so we're always very cautious about predicting, but I will say so far so good, not bad", he said. School absenteeism because of the flu is reported weekly.

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back. "People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu".

Canada-wide, 414 children have been hospitalized with the flu, the vast majority the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which tends to hit children hardest.

Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly instead of slowly developing and are characterized by chills, body aches, fatigue and a headache.

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Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16. Last year, the flu killed more than 80,000 Americans, including a record 185 children. The shot is a vaccine that helps protect you against the seasonal flu virus. While the 2018-2019 flu season started back in fall, there are still a few more months before it ends.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

Zaleski said there have been no pediatric deaths in the county from the flu this season.

Many medical clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots.

Individuals who are at the highest risk for experiencing complications of influenza include children under 2 and adults over 65.

Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago. It is not too late to get vaccinated.

NCT03180801 is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled single-center trial of 123 subjects in collaboration with to assess the efficacy and safety of two different formulation and dosing regimens of FLU-v vaccine administered in healthy adults.

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