Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Up to 84000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months - CDC

Up to 84000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months - CDC

For the first time ever, the CDC provided cumulative "in-season estimates" about flu illnesses, medical visits, and hospitalizations. "So this is the year where we're potentially going to see more death and devastation from it".

The CDC released its weekly flu report for the week ending Jan 11, which also included 16 pediatric deaths related to the flu.

In Arizona, there have been 4,510 confirmed cases of influenza this season compared to 16,144 a year ago at this time, and the flu is widespread throughout the state. "But it does not look anywhere as severe as previous year, " she said.

This season, Western Canada reported high infection rates earlier than the rest of the country. None of those deaths have been children.

Dr. Givelichian said two of the three preschoolers who succumbed to influenza in his province died in the pediatric intensive-care unit of the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, while a third died before the child could be airlifted to the same hospital.

Experts say it's not too late to reap the benefits of a flu vaccine.

"What is the most predominant symptom is that their level of oxygen in the blood is very low". Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

"If people have not yet had the vaccine, it's not unusual that around this time, after the holidays, we might have a little bit more influenza activity", Murti said.

"This year the flu is affecting young to middle-aged people with chronic diseases", said Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health. People might also get flu by touching a contaminated surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

"What we really want is to educate people, hear their concerns", Mehta said.

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