Although there are fewer cases of influenza than this time a year ago, experts say rates of influenza are generally above-average levels across the country.
Trevor Phillips, Executive Chairman of hVIVO, said in a press release, "The successful achievement of statistical significance in the primary endpoints from two Phase II studies confirms that FLU-v has clinical impact in establishing immunity and disease, symptom and viral load reduction".
"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.
Overall, flu activity was down last week compared to previous weeks.
A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.
More Mainers are dying from the flu. "This year, the predominant strain we're seeing is H1N1", Shahab said.More news: Brett Brown: Jimmy Butler Didn't Cross the Line in Film Session
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness).
According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza. Data suggests that more people got vaccinated earlier this year than they did last year, perhaps motivated by memories of the prior season.
Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been studying the spread of the flu virus and the effectiveness of vaccines and antiviral medications for more than five decades. "Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza".
The hospital also encourages the public to get their flu shots as soon as possible. This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old.
Price said flu season normally starts around October or November and can last until March or April. You can stay healthy this season for those children and elderly individuals in your life who are more at-risk for becoming critically ill if you pass the virus on to them.
The vaccine won't prevent 100 percent of flu cases, but it can significantly decrease your chances of getting the flu-by as much as 30, 40, 50 percent or more.
The influenza immunization is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older (if there are no medical conditions that discourage it.) For those who absolutely can not tolerate hypodermic needles, there is a jet injector available which uses a high pressure narrow stream of vaccine to penetrate the skin using compressed gas or springs. Even if you do get the flu, your symptoms are likely to be less severe if you've been vaccinated.
Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior. "You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, stay at home when you are sick and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze".