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The Flu Isn't Playing Around This Year. Here's How to Fight Back

The Flu Isn't Playing Around This Year. Here's How to Fight Back

Nationwide outpatient visits for the illness exceed 7 percent. Gottlieb said scientists at the FDA, CDC and National Institutes of Health are trying to understand why.

The health department is still recommending anyone who is eligible get a flu vaccine, Ferrell said, because Virginia experienced widespread flu activity through March previous year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this flu season is looking to be one of the most active yet with more than 60 child deaths attributed to the disease this season. Early detection could save your child's life. Although the majority of cases of influenza-like illness are not reported, so far there have been more than 8,100 laboratory-confirmed cases in the state this flu season.

"I urge everyone to get their child or children immunized", Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said.

A new analysis of seasonal flu deaths in US children in the six seasons since the 2009 pandemic found that children ages 2 and younger are most at risk. An official count of flu-related deaths will not be available until the season ends. The Louisiana Department of Health made the announcement today, as widespread flu activity continues throughout the state. The number of influenza cases in DE is continuing to rise.

The Department of Health surveyed physician offices, pharmacies, SUNY Geneseo, and UR Medicine/Noyes Health to see which flu vaccine and how much of each are available.

"We can safely say we're experiencing an increase in absences related to flu-like symptoms, although (it's) important to note not every one of these is formally diagnosed as the flu", Markuns wrote in an email. Flu vaccines usually work better against H1N1 viruses, which are also circulating.

"So you might feel miserable a day or two", he said. Body aches are also frequently reported.




So, asthmatics should consider getting a flu shot in addition to their monthly refills of Advair, Ventolin or other asthma-fighting pharmaceutical.

"We've got a good vaccine but not a great vaccine".

The overall hospitalization rate for this year's season so far is 59.9 per 100,000 population from October 1, 2017, through February 3, 2018, according to the CDC.

"Even with current vaccine effectiveness estimates, vaccination will still prevent influenza illness, including thousands of hospitalizations and deaths". He said that influenza B surpassed influenza A last week for the first time this season.

This year's flu season has been particularly troubling for Americans, with numbers surging to levels comparable to the swine flu pandemic that ravaged the U.S.in 2009, according to The Washington Post.

Although it happens every year, the exact timing can differ one year to another.

"We may be on track to break some recent records", added Dr. Anne Schuchat while updating reporters on the latest data.

Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death.

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