Health officials say the 2019-20 flu season is off to an unusually early start.
Health officials consider a flu season to be in full swing when a significant percentage of doctor's office visits are due to flu-like illnesses for at least three weeks in a row, the AP reports.
Erlanger's medical director of Community Health Centers says that getting the vaccine is helpful because it can reduce the severity or duration of flu symptoms. An early barrage of illness within the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there's a first rate chance flu season could well top mighty sooner than frequent, health officials dispute.More news: Elon Musk took Tesla's Cybertruck for a weekend drive around LA
Officials are claiming that the the virus happening is a "surprise version", that usually doesn't happen until much later in the winter flu season.
The flu strains circulating in Sacramento County this season are influenza B - which is the most prevalent strain in cases of death and seen in ICUs - and influenza A. The flu vaccine covers both flu strains detected in Sacramento County.
Among those, the flu contributed to a death in Johnson County, according to the county's health department. Some people, such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions are more likely to have complications related to influenza. The department urged people to get the flu shot.More news: Just Eat takeover battle hots up with fresh $6.5 bln Prosus bid
"If somebody close to you that you're sitting by, maybe didn't get the flu shot and they have the flu, and you have the flu shot, you're helping protect the other people you're going to be going to", said Kretzer.
"Getting the flu shot can literally save his life or any other immunocompromised person in (the) community".
It was bad, but not as bad as the one before it, when flu caused an estimated 61,000 deaths and 810,000 hospitalizations.More news: Reed moves clear as Woods surges in Bahamas
Kansas is among 16 states where flu cases are minimal; Missouri's season is moderate so far, the CDC says. It's too early to say how well the vaccine is performing right now, Epperson said. "But we don't know", he said.