In the 2014-15 flu season, which resulted in a recent high of 97 fatalities, there were around 600 cases and no fatalities at this point. Already, there have been more than 13,000 confirmed cases of the flu in the United States. Peak flu season, however, hits between December and February.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine pediatric flu deaths had been reported this season from other states as of December 16. Although some news sources have reported this year's vaccine is only expected to be 10 percent effect, CDC experts say that is incorrect for the U.S.More news: Earnest Partners LLC Invests $69.81 Million in Darling Ingredients Inc (DAR)
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state's first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season. Now, the daily number of patients coming in with flu-like illnesses at Adventist Health Urgent Care in Montrose has more than doubled - a majority of them testing positive. But there are hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths due to the flu in any given year, according to the CDC.
A new report says Texas is one of the worst places in the country for the flu, so far this year. The most vulnerable are those with a compromised immune system, children 5 years old and under and the elderly. Flu shots or antiviral drugs are also options.More news: Robert W. Baird Trims Laredo Petroleum (LPI) Target Price to $14.00
"The flu is a viral disease which causes a variety of symptoms including headaches, body aches, and muscle pains", Dr.
This year's flu vaccine is only 10 percent effective, and that's why doctors say basic tips, like washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your eyes, for example, are so important. A flu vaccination will help you avoid getting (or spreading) influenza.More news: Ford Motor Company (F) EPS Estimated At $0.44