3 types of flu are rampant in Coryell County

03 February, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Clint Gray
  • She is the first child to die of the flu in Alabama this season.

Dr. Shaw says one of the problems with this flu season is that he has seen more cases of the influenza A virus instead of influenza B virus, which is more common during flu season.

"This is a very hard season".

She said so far, more than 700,000 people in the USA have been hospitalized for flu-like symptoms. In the USA, flu season typically begins in October or November and can run through May, with peaks typically occurring between December and February.

Hospitalizations had been tracking closely with the 2014-2015 season, which led to 710,000 hospitalizations for the flu.

Every year, different strains of influenza circulate during flu season. If that trend holds, the nation "may well exceed" that earlier record, he said.

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For those people who are high risk of developing complications or start to develop complications from the flu they should seek medical treatment. With two confirmed pediatric deaths last week, the total of Florida children who have died of the flu rises to five. State health officials have been urging Louisiana residents to get the flu shot and on Wednesday gave out free flu shots across the state. "If we had a replay of the Spanish flu"-the 1918 pandemic that killed tens of millions worldwide-"we'd be hosed".

The average peak over the last 16 seasons has come the week of February 7. Those pediatric deaths, 16 this week and 53 overall, are especially concerning.

"Little kids shed longer..., which is why vaccinating children has probably been one of the more effective ways of slowing flu down", Cohen said.

Doctor visits for flu-like symptoms hit their highest level nationwide since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. The number of states with high activity rose from 39 to 42, with activity easing in the West, rising in the East, and static in the South.

If you haven't already gotten a flu shot this season, experts are strongly suggesting that you do - as soon as possible.

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It is being blamed in part on the most prevalent version of the flu going around: influenza type A (H3N2). Other strains of the flu, like H1N1 and Influenza B viruses, are also circulating, and they're better served by the vaccine. But because the virus appears to have genetically mutated since then, that's likely made the shot less effective this year.

Last year, the Trump administration proposed sweeping cuts to the NIH and the CDC.

As a particularly nasty flu virus spreads across the state and country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on January 25 signed an executive order to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children and teenagers.

The CDC has received sporadic reports of overcrowded hospitals and medication shortages.

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