Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that usually comes on suddenly, according to the CDC.
There were four deaths statewide during the same weekly period in 2017, but 14 total deaths through January 14, 2017.
Despite World Health Organization recommendations to use flu vaccination to help protect people in high-risk populations, few developing countries have seasonal flu vaccination programs or the capacity to produce and distribute seasonal or pandemic vaccines. The recording period ends in May. In 2015, more than 2,200 New Yorkers died from the flu and pneumonia.
The Australian interim estimate suggested [that] the H3N2 component of the vaccine - and H3N2 was the main virus there during their most recent winter - was only about 10 percent effective. "We call that an antigenic drift". It is not too late to benefit from a flu shot this season and to assure you are protecting those around you.
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England's top doctor, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: "Flu can kill and it is important we take it seriously". They don't have enough beds, and some are being treated in hallways.
Hospitals report the cases they are seeing are mostly Influenza A. St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids reports the flu season seems to be peaking about a month compared to past years.
The state does not track the number of adult flu deaths, but Pinal County is reporting eight flu deaths, so far. Data agrees with Dr. Schaffner's assertion, as the current season's flu activity is nearing epidemic proportions.
First, the virus. Fears of a bad flu season first began in the early fall, after public health officials noticed a worse-than-average flu season in the southern hemisphere.More news: Active Volume Stock: Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX)
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"We're hoping this is the peak, but we really can't say", said Bennett, noting that the flu is notoriously unpredictable.
What remains indisputable: the number of hospitalizations is rising at medical centers all over Long Island as health care providers scramble to fight the flu.
Another result of the harsh flu season is the number of influenza outbreaks in Kentucky's long-term care facilities.
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During flu season, people should be particularly vigilant about practicing good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, avoiding contact with sick people and covering the mouth when coughing. But Dr. Trini Matthew, who is the medical director of Beaumont's Epidemiology Department, says it's still your best weapon in fighting the flu.