Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

CDC: Flu Hammering Country, With More to Come

CDC: Flu Hammering Country, With More to Come

"We're all very concerned in public health that it may be a severe year", said Randi Pedersen, an epidemiologist who monitors flu in Idaho.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.8%, the same as the previous week.

Australia was hit with an unusually bad flu season, with far more illnesses and deaths than average.

At the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in Lansing, public heath experts are watching this year's flu season with extra concern, a spokeswoman said. They say it can protect you from the other strains, and it can help you if do end up getting sick.

For the last five weeks, influenza has been geographically widespread.

Alabama has experienced an influx of flu cases over the last several weeks, creating a "crisis situation" where hospitals in seven of the state's eight health districts are at 90 percent capacity, the state's acting chief health officer said Friday.

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Plus, health officials say the flu season may be tailing off soon, even though they predict a bump in cases. "Even if the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the flu, it will make it less likely for you to become seriously ill or require hospitalization". H3N2 also mutates quickly, so the "reference strain" included in the flu shot may differ slightly from the H3N2 strain that shows up during flu season, lowering the vaccine's effectiveness.

"While our flu vaccine is far from ideal, it is still the best defense we have", Fitzgerald says.

In addition, while influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common ones circulating nationally, influenza B has been the most common strain circulating in some regions of the state, including central NY. "The best thing is, if you're at the right age, get vaccinated", stated Agnes A. Enrico-Simon, MD, family medicine physician, PVH.

AUSSIE flu is causing chaos across Britain - with an ever-growing number struck down by the brutal flu strain. Get an annual flu shot, cover coughs and sneezes with the crook of the arm, wash hands with warm soap and water, and stay home if sick. It's especially important to drink more if you suffer vomiting or diarrhea.

Cold and flu, while sometimes used interchangeably, are respiratory illnesses caused by two different viruses, said Anderson. While there are spot shortages of antiviral drugs, the overall supply is plentiful.

The number of flu-related deaths in Manitoba has almost doubled in the past week, now surpassing last year's total.

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