Flu activity begins to spike across country

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

Canada-wide, 414 children have been hospitalized with the flu, the vast majority the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which tends to hit children hardest.

"This year in particular, we have expected that children under nine years of age and non-elderly adults will be disproportionately affected. children because they are less likely to have protection (built-in immunity) from prior epidemics of H1N1". "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine", he said.

"It's a different season, different profile".

The CDC says early estimates show more people are being vaccinated this year, which could be one reason why this flu season isn't as bad as last year, but that could change.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.

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Dr. Nicole Saphier tells you what signs and symptoms to watch out for this flu season. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017. For reasons of medical privacy, the Department did not release additional information.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested.

With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot. (Lab-confirmed cases represent a small percentage of all flu cases, often just the ones that require hospitalization).

"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so".

According to officials, there is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot-especially health care workers-to get one. It was the deadliest in 40 years when less than half of Americans got vaccinated.

"It's not too late".

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