Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
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Flu Season Could Be Worst in Decades — CDC

Flu Season Could Be Worst in Decades — CDC

However, numbers remained below levels recorded in 2017-2018 during the worst flu season in years, data from the state Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health showed.

Flu shots are available in the department's Public Health Clinic, 650 Newtown Pike, without an appointment: 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said it was too early to officially judge the closeness of the match, which relies on comparing illness among vaccinated versus unvaccinated people.

When the season will peak is hard to say - each year fluctuates, but it is likely to believe we could see a rise in the next few weeks. "That seems to be the trend and the trajectory that we are on at this time". Statewide, more than 170 people have been hospitalized with influenza.

"There is no better measure to protect yourself from flu than to get a flu vaccine".

Chicago health officials have reported the first child flu-related death of the 2019-20 flu season.


"It takes a couple of weeks for people to mount a response to the flu so if you get it to late in the middle of flu maybe you don't have quiet enough time", he said.

"If you get the flu vaccine it's more likely that your flu symptoms are going to be much less and the course of the illness will be much less", said Dr. Vito DiCamillo, urgent care medical director at Lancaster General Urgent Care.

A child was among those who died, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

It was the second death under age 60 since late November, and a possible indication that an ongoing trend toward A-type influenza viruses may be delivering more severe consequences for younger people throughout the region.

"The only thing predictable about flu is that it's unpredictable".

The agency issued its latest statistics Wednesday morning, reporting 67 new cases of influenza A or B during the three-week span between December 15, 2019 and January 4.

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