Low-severity flu season — CDC

The flu virus mutates to hide from our immune system

The flu virus mutates to hide from our immune system

Less individuals have looked for outpatient care or have been hospitalized for influenza like ailments this season, the CDC said in a report summarizing influenza action from September 30 to February 2.

This year's flu shot is already outperforming the vaccine issued during the tough 2017-2018 influenza season, federal health officials reported Thursday. The 2011-2012 season was the last time health authorities saw a mix somewhere in the range of H1N1 and H3N2, he said.

- The Florida Department of Health says a child died after contracting the flu, marking the third child to die as a result of the disease during the 2018-2019 season.

The authors said the overall VE estimate was "similar to the most recent A (H1N1) pdm09 predominant season (45%) in 2015-16". The vaccine also works better overall than a year ago and is more effective - about 61 percent - in children, who are among the groups most vulnerable to flu-related complications.

Even with elevated levels of activity through the beginning of February, this year's flu season has been categorized to date as a "low-severity influenza season".

The total number of cases of flu confirmed by laboratory testing has reached 226 in Greece, of which 219 were treated in an ICU and 29 had had the flu vaccine.

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Only a few weeks in the past, there was hope that this flu season was quietly fading away.

"There's still a lot more flu season to come", she said. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of people.

To calculate influenza burden estimates, the investigators used data on illnesses, medical visits, and deaths from hospitalized cases that were reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network, with a focus on patients aged 6 months and older. The CDC recommends flu shots for almost every American older than six months of age, with few exceptions. The model estimated that influenza vaccination prevented 7.1 million illnesses, 109,000 hospitalizations, and 8000 deaths related to influenza in the United States during the 2017-2018 flu season. Early gauges demonstrate the current year's immunization is 47 percent successful, the CDC said Thursday.

Douglas County has reported nine adult flu-related deaths.

The flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death. If you feel yourself becoming sick, keep in mind to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and if you are sick, stay home if possible.

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