Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death.
The flu has not yet made great inroads into Abilene, those following the illness' progress so far say. Maternal vaccination was also associated with a reduction in flu-related hospitalizations in infants.
And despite recommendations from the World Health Organization to use flu vaccination to help protect people in high-risk populations, few developing countries have seasonal flu vaccination programs or the capacity to produce and distribute seasonal or pandemic vaccines, it said.
It is not too late to get vaccinated and there are ample amounts of the vaccine available.
As the vaccine for this year's northern hemisphere flu season is the same, that could mean the season may be especially severe.
DE officials say a 47-year-old man from New Castle County is the first flu-related death of the season.
"The earlier we notice strains of influenza, the better we can combat them", he said.
Those numbers are, based off comparisons from Australia, which is wrapping up its flu season.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have you rethinking your decision to shrug off a flu shot this year. "Some regions see more flu A, which is common, some regions more flu B. Once in a while, you'll get a combination of A and B". High flu activity has continued in 3 states - Louisiana, Mississippi, and SC - and laboratory testing of respiratory specimens shows that influenza A (H3N2) has continued to be predominant this flu season.
Flu vaccination can also come in the form of a live-flu mist, but the CDC is not recommending that anyone get that this year because it's been less effective than the shot in recent years.
During last year's flu season, 4,590 cases of flu were reported, about half of which were from New Castle County. "If they fail to receive influenza vaccination during pregnancy, postpartum vaccination would also be useful in protecting their infants from the threat of influenza", the authors wrote. "So, you might as well get it and it will protect you to some extent and will cause you to protect your family and the people around you, because you won't be getting ill with the flu and spreading it". "I encourage all New Yorkers over six months of age to get their influenza shot as soon as possible".