The study found the nasal vaccine was effective early on, but it appeared to lose potency over a couple of flu seasons. Severe complications of influenza infection include pneumonia which can lead to hospitalization and death. Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 states are reporting high levels of flu activity.
This time previous year, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since. Those especially at risk are adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other long-term medical conditions. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season.
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Experts say the United States is likely in the early weeks of the flu season.
While the past flu season was noted it for its higher rate of severe infections-due to the mutated strain being less affected by vaccination strains-clinicians compared it to similarly hard seasons, including the 2014-15 and 2012-13 seasons. The new policy will take effect this week as the 2018-2019 flu season continues to peak.
So far this year, only 4,122 cases of flu in Missouri have been laboratory confirmed.More news: Carlos Ghosn appears in court to challenge his detention
The policy also urges visitors to wash or sanitize hands frequently while at the hospital to prevent getting the flu or potentially spread any illness.
Many people also don't realize how serious the effects can be.
Dr. Steve McLaughlin, emergency medicine department chairman at the University of New Mexico, says the illness spiked quickly and was accounting for 10-15 percent of all visits to the UNM emergency room. "We're so used to the flu that we really underestimate it", Morse said.More news: Bayern Munich to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this summer