CDC gives update on flu season

18 January, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Keith Rowe
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The flu is now widespread in every state, except Hawaii, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it could be weeks before it changes.

State health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in IN this season has doubled to 50 as of the first week of 2018.

Hughes said this year's flu vaccine is not stopping people from getting the serious strain of flu being reported, but those who got a flu shot are finding the symptoms less drastic. "This is not an uncommon infection".

Last fall, when the provincial government stopped paying doctors to administer the shots as a cost-cutting measure, the group that represents physicians warned the vaccination rate would go down and cost the province more through increased hospital admissions.

The Indiana State Department of Health says in its weekly influenza report for the period ending December 6 that 36 of the deaths occurred among people age 65 or older, compared with 16 deaths in that age group being reported through December 30.

"They've clearly shown this excess of risk in people born in particular years and that just tells us that there's more to the risk profile of influenza than we previously thought", Upshur said.


As for this year's vaccine, the CDC still said that is the first line of defense.

Jolliff said "some deaths" at Memorial have been attributed to the flu this season, but she isn't authorized to disclose the number.

Northern Health also advises people who feel sick to avoid visiting long-term care facilities.

The nation is having a awful, horrible, no good, very bad flu season. If you are in good underlying health, your symptoms are limited, fever and body aches are well controlled with antipyretics like acetaminophen and you are maintaining adequate hydration and nutrition, you can choose to ride it out. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Health officials still don't know for sure how this season will end up. So paramedics can't get back on the road to answer more 911 calls, said Kay Fruhwirth, Los Angeles County's assistant director of emergency medical services.

National health officials predict the shot may only be 30 percent effective this year, though the vaccine can reduce the severity and length of the illness for those who get sick.

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