Alberta sees 'significant' number of influenza cases this season

  • Alberta sees 'significant' number of influenza cases this season

Alberta sees 'significant' number of influenza cases this season

Also, a woman in her 40s is the first flu-related death involving an individual without underlying medical conditions, the health department said. A total of 7,733 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported during this season, DPH said.

According to a report released Wednesday by the state health agency, there were 2,192 confirmed flu cases from February 25 to March 3.

"Some studies have found that cell-based and recombinant vaccines are more efficacious, or could be more efficacious, than egg-based vaccines; but, more data and analyses are needed", he said, adding that the FDA is looking at how to develop a more robust recombinant vaccine manufacturing process to increase yield while reducing cost. Each subtype, however slightly altered, requires a targeted vaccine. The end result is a decrease in binding affinity of the induced antibodies created from a mismatched vaccine. It believes that adoption of more modern mass production methods where vaccines are developed from cell and recombinant vaccine construction technologies should be embraced.

Mission Health urges community members who become ill with symptoms of the flu to contact their primary care provider, seek care at a walk-in clinic like Mission My Care Now, conduct an online visit with a doctor or visit a nearby urgent care facility.

Gilbert Saint Jean, PhD, Healthcare Analyst at GlobalData, comments: "In order to best facilitate this shift away from egg-based technology, governments must modernize their partnerships with vaccine manufacturers".

The uncommonly harsh flu season claimed another seven lives in CT in recent days, but the worst of the outbreak appears to be over, health officials announced Thursday.

"Current surveillance by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other institutions revolves around the six-to-eight month egg-substrate vaccine timeline". It also notes that further improvement in vaccine efficacy can be gained if trials of universal influenza vaccines prove successful.