Flu season surpasses a 2009 record

15 February, 2018, 07:21 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • The Flu is Killing Up to 4,000 Americans a WeekMore

"We were kind of due for an epidemic", Christmann said. So far no infant flu-associated deaths have been reported in the state.

The flu season has been driven by type A (H3N2), a flu strain that can lead to more severe illness with more hospitalizations and deaths compared to other flu virus strains.

Healthy youngsters who died from their flu infections were more likely than peers who had underlying medical conditions to be younger, less vaccinated, die before hospital admission, and have shorter illness durations.

Loeb said it's challenging to pinpoint how effective the flu shot is in preventing the flu because it depends on what strain is being discussed.

"Because of the ongoing intensity of the flu season and the increase in circulation of Influenza B and H1N1, we do continue to recommend vaccinations, even this late in the season", adding that you can get sick a few times with a different strain of flu.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about the flu.

During the weekend more than 250 Long Islanders formed long lines for flu shots at free clinics hosted in both Nassau and Suffolk, reflecting nationwide concerns about the influenza outbreak that has resulted in the deaths of some children.

"I might be scared of the flu, but I don't want to sacrifice fashion", she said.

Reports of visits to doctors' offices and emergency rooms for influenza-like illness reached 7.7% for the week, up from 7.1% the previous week and topping a previous high (for a nonpandemic year) of 7.6% in the 2003-2004 season.


Some people think getting the flu shot puts them at risk for the flu, but that's not true. "However, some protection is better than none", Dr. Schuchat said.

Symptoms of the flu usually occur suddenly and may include headache, fever, chills, body and muscle aches, severe fatigue, congestion and cough.

Likewise, 10,726 cases of the flu had been reported to DHEC in the week from January 28 to February 3.

According to Dr. Lopez, it refers to whether the vaccine is a good match to the current flu or not.

"Everyone has to do their part", Sini said. "You've got to protect the community". My advice to students who feel pressured is communicate with your teachers. You just don't want to go unprotected.

"Hopefully the B strain we are shifting to is covered in the vaccine", Schulz said.

The school offers the flu vaccine to faculty and staff during the health fair at the beginning of the year. The flu has claimed the lives of seven Texas children in all. I've got to protect my patients.

Sadly, all five pediatric flu deaths reported in Florida to date this year were in unvaccinated children.

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