Gottlieb: 'Enormous Investment' Needed For New Flu Vaccine Technology

Flu vaccinations attempt to ‘predict’ the next season’s outbreaks. But the viruses they don’t anticipate can step into the gaps left by those they block

Flu vaccinations attempt to ‘predict’ the next season’s outbreaks. But the viruses they don’t anticipate can step into the gaps left by those they block

GlobalData reports the need to shift away from egg-based manufacturing of vaccines in light of influenza-related deaths. "Although, H1N1 is also circulating", said Cynthia Buckman, a Registered Nurse and Manager of Employee Health at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention simply states "a flu shot can not cause flu illness". "I continue to urge people to take precautions to prevent contracting or spreading the flu". However, the agency says 26 of those deaths occurred in previous weeks. GlobalData reports that the real-time strain surveillance relationship of this technology can provide the most effective seasonal influenza vaccine.

Carteret Health Care announced Thursday it has lifted visitation restrictions to the hospital, effective immediately, as the number of flu cases reported across the state declines.

Out of the 114 pediatric flu deaths in the United States this season, there were two flu-related deaths in West Virginia.

"We encourage everyone to remain diligent in flu precautions and to see a medical provider if they present with flu symptoms", said Andrea Pitts, director of marketing and public relations at Redmond.

Flu vaccinations attempt to "predict" the next season's outbreaks.

A 3D render of a flu virus. Somehow the flu virus every year picks up and rapidly spreads genetic variations that overcome established immune system- and scientific- defences
FLU DEATHS: 12 more reported in North Carolina, 34 more in South Carolina

Over 1.21 million doses of flu vaccine have been administered to Albertans.

This particular strain of the virus tends to be more severe, especially for children and the elderly. H3N2 commonly leads to more severe illness and more hospitalizations, according to the CDC. Other bird cases of flu and animal cases of flu have hit East Asia and other spots around the globe, leaving doctors and scientists scrambling for cures.

The global system for manufacturing seasonal influenza vaccines was developed during the 1940s to respond to the natural evolution of influenza viruses.

Influenza is easily spread by coughing, sneezing and nasal secretions, and it can be transmitted on dirty surfaces and hands, officials said.

And this season has been a good reminder that it's worth making the effort to get a flu shot at the beginning of each fall.

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