Influenza Mutations May Mean New Shots

Influenza Mutilations May Mean New ShotsCold and flu season has already begun, and health officials are saying that influenza mutations may mean new flu shots this year. Recent cases of influenza have been predominantly H1N1 cases in many locations. People who had been inoculated for the 2009 strain of H1N1 may not be protected against H1N1 in 2014.

Many health experts recommend a flu shot once every season anyway. Because flu shots take two weeks before they are fully effective, these health experts recommend that people get the inoculation early in the flu season, before the virus comes to town.

H1N1 is currently breaking out in small pockets across the U.S., most notably in Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, and Texas, and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Over the past two weeks, H1N1 incidence has doubled.

In the U.S. influenza is widespread in 25 states and exists regionally in at least 20 more. Six children have died in the U.S. this year from influenza. Currently, the highest levels of flu activity are in Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, and Texas.

Michigan has had at least three deaths.

In Texas, only one death has been reported, but Texas’ Center for Disease Control announced that positive flu cases jumped five percent last week. Most new flu cases are H1N1.

The Center for Disease Control issued a recent health advisory urging people to get flu shots.

Several of Canada’s provinces have been hit with influenza, reinforcing the recommendation of some health experts that new strains of the virus may mean new shots to combat new mutilations.

In British Columbia’s Lower Mainland area, 15 people of various ages have been hospitalized due to H1N1. One person may have died from H1N1 in the Fraser Valley.

In Alberta there have been 965 lab-confirmed cases, of which 251 people have been hospitalized. At least 5 deaths have resulted from the flu this season.

Alberta Health Services officials are calling for all Albertans to receive flu vaccinations.

About 21 percent of Albertans have received a vaccination already this year, but health experts say that this is not enough to protect the population.

In Ontario, six deaths have resulted from the flu this season. Two of those six were H1N1 cases. However, current flu cases are 90 percent H1N1.

In 2009 the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic when H1N1 broke out. 12 000 Americans died of H1N1 in 2009. This prompted many people in Canada and America to get vaccinations.

Flu season peaks in January or February, typically, but continues until March or April. So far this year, the flu has arrived in an expected manner, according to health professionals. H1N1 did not hit hard over the Christmas season, which was a blessing because flu at that time of year can cause increased problems in care facilities.

The H1N1 virus affects children and young adults more than it does older adults. The H1N1 influenza virus attacks otherwise healthy people, including adults in the prime of their life, and this may mean new shots are a good idea, if H1N1 has come this year in a mutation from previous seasons.

By Day Blakely Donaldson

Sources:

CBC
Examiner
High River Times
NBC
NBC

6 Responses to "Influenza Mutations May Mean New Shots"

  1. Sarah   February 2, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I work in a hospital. We have had an H1N1 ‘related’ death. The patient was dying of end stage liver disease and had days to live either way. He had no immunity. I would like to see numbers for ‘pure’ flu mortality. This might be more informative and lead to the public having more faith in the CDC who can certainly be accused of fear mongering. They sound like Smith Clyne Beecham’s PR department these days.

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    • db donaldson   February 2, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hi Sarah

      Thank you for your comment.

      If you find any source for the pure numbers, please let me know. I would be willing to write the article if you think the public could benefit from it.

      I think you make a great point and this is certainly missing information (you might shorten and combine those two words). Also, I would be interested in including the accusations of fear-mongering you reference if you could quote some.

      If I am able to find these sources, perhaps I could email you for an account of your “H1N1-related” death. My email is dayblakelydonaldson@hotmail.com You can also respond directly to this comment if you so wish.

      Thank you,

      Day

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  2. Zacksdad   January 5, 2014 at 5:59 am

    not a bad article,I’m not anti-vaccination.Seemed quite decent to me

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  3. David   January 5, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I agree with Mike. It sounds like a child wrote this article. The saddest part is that I will never get back the two minutes I just wasted on this dithering attempt at brainwashing the public.

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  4. Day Blakely Donaldson   January 5, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Thank you for your honest comment. I will not write on influenza again. Sorry it did not have the information you are looking for.

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  5. Mike   January 5, 2014 at 4:23 am

    One of the worst articles I’ve read on the subject. Wrong info throughout, no explanation for why all H1N1 is not the same. Very poor article.

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