Concerns Rise Over Availability Of Flu-Fighting Drug Amid Deadly Season

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Concerns Rise Over Availability Of Flu-Fighting Drug Amid Deadly Season

However, some people don't feel comfortable getting flu shots.

Visit www.ldh.la.gov/fighttheflu for more information and resources.

Although the flu vaccine was not as effective at preventing flu as we would have hoped, it is still 10-30 percent effective, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is still advising people to get the flu shot as it does offer some protection.

Fiorentini noted that flu shots were being made available at the Haverhill Citizen Center yesterday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the drug, called baloxavir marboxil, could be available in Japan as soon as May of this year following the success of a phase 3 clinical trial that evaluated its safety and efficacy in 1,436 Japanese and American flu patients. However, groups including infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of getting severe complications from the flu. Kemi Mugangala, a digital media production major at Drake, is not going to get a flu shot this year.

"This one arrived early and continues to spread, leading many people throughout the commonwealth to get sick with a fever and cough or a sore throat".

Tennessee reports there have been six children and one pregnant woman who have died of flu-related illness. The flu is different from a cold.

But even with all that, it's still a hard task to stave off the flu.

Both populations are the most susceptible to contracting the flu as well as pregnant women and women two weeks postpartum.

Schroeder said students should treat the flu by staying at home, drinking fluids and taking ibuprofen. Contact a health care provider to ask if you need to come in for a visit.

However, this potential flu killer wouldn't be available at US stores until at earliest 2019.

The CDC said the flu vaccine is usually more effective against type B viruses and H1N1 than it is against H3N2.

But we all know the flu shot, while helpful - particularly for those in high risk groups like the young, old and those with chronic diseases or immune deficiencies - is not flawless.

"There might be a second wave of influenza B infections", she said.

"The most effective way to fight any disease is to make sure you don't get it in the first place", said Anna Readman, a sophomore studying neuroscience at Drake.

Other countries also are experiencing a bad flu season because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the H3N2 virus. And people with the virus are generally sicker than in years with milder strains. In addition, frequent hand washing, especially after touching someone who is sick or handling their tissues or laundry, can help reduce the spread of the flu. People should stay at home until they have gone 24 hours without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

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