Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
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Flu Season Death Rate At Epidemic Level — CDC

Flu Season Death Rate At Epidemic Level — CDC

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness. The most common strain circulating here and across the United States is H3N2, which causes more severe illness.

More Americans are seeking medical care for flu than at any time since the "swine" pandemic of almost a decade ago, say U.S. health officials.

So many people have fallen sick with influenza across the country that some pharmacies are even running out of flu medicines.

Fitzgerald said more Baby Boomers, those 50 to 64 years old, are at a higher risk of getting the flu this year than in previous years.

If possible, try to avoid close contact with sick people. You've got a lot of company.

Always make sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing, and avoid touching your face.

The reason for year to year age shifts are complex, but can include vaccination rates and the mix of viruses in circulation. This year, the most common strain of influenza is H3N2, and almost every state has been hit hard, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The definition of a universal flu vaccine is somewhat flexible.

It takes two weeks after vaccination for the immune system to fully respond and for these antibodies to provide protection. The flu with classically make you feel so tired.

In 2014-15 the number of child deaths from flu reached 148. State public health officials are urging anyone who has not yet received the flu vaccine to get one immediately. Your child's doctor or other health care personnel can tell you if your child needs two doses.

"Any flu season can be hard". Last season, about 47 percent of Americans got vaccinated, according to CDC figures.

At least 5,267 people have been hospitalized around the state so far this flu season - compared to 3,533 for the entirety of last season, which typically peaks in February but continues until May. But the bottom line is that the CDC is estimating a death toll of 50,000.

The good news is that it's not too late to fight back, according to Gillian Conrad, communications manager for the Berrien County Health Department. If a person experiences these symptoms, they should see a doctor within 48 hours.

The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus and infected to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

The director of the CDC, Dr Daniel Jernigan, said thousands of people were going to doctor's offices and emergency rooms to seek treatment for flu-like symptoms.

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