Flu activity reaches new seasonal high — CDC

Flu activity reaches new seasonal high — CDC

Flu activity reaches new seasonal high — CDC

Last year's final figures for the whole flu season of 2017-18 showed that the vaccine was only 15% effective among all age groups.

One major shift that's occurred is in the viruses that are circulating.

"We're considered very widespread right now", Amsberry said. "There's still a lot of flu to come". The flu vaccine will be fully effective after two weeks, and, Roberts said, it will not cause any illness itself. According to Brammer, this vaccine is 62 percent effective against H1N1 and 44 percent effective against H3N2.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children six6 months and older should get a flu shot.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that there is still time to get vaccinated.

As of Week 6 this year, 14 people in Missouri had died from the flu, according to the DHSS website.

The ILI rate hit 5.1%, up from 4.8% reported in the previous week.

This is the first pediatric death involving a CT child during this flu season.

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The number of Albertans known to have died from the flu this year is at 28, up from 20 about one month ago. "He had a lot to say and now it's just quiet", Campbell's aunt, Jessica Solis, told NBC.

Dr Nick Scriven, the president of the Society for Acute Medicine, urged anyone who requires vaccination but has not yet had it to get vaccinated. "Only two of these cases (17 percent) had evidence of current flu vaccination". Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring. The severity of the season is simply a comparison between seasons. "That's still the best protection against flu", Young said.

Senior author Dave Gilbertson of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation in Minnesota and colleagues suspected that patterns of deaths in these patients might be linked at least to some extent with seasonal fluctuations in flu-like illnesses. Officials from the Connecticut State Health Department announced this week that the flu is spreading rapidly throughout the state, with some hospitals reportedly limiting visitation to prevent the spread of the virus. Three deaths were people between 25 and 49 years old.

If more people were vaccinated, the number of deaths and hospitalizations could be drastically reduced, she noted. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later.

Other nearby public schools that closed recently due to the flu includes those in Johnson County, TN and Washington County, TN.

As of February 16, flu is widespread in 48 states, and 30 states are experiencing high levels of the disease. New York City and 30 states experienced high levels of flu-like activity, while just three - Minnesota, New Hampshire and OH - experienced minimal levels. "If you are sick, don't go to work", she advised.

For more on the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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