Flu activity begins to spike across country

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 9, 2019

Experts say the United States is likely in the early weeks of the flu season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 80,000 people of all ages in the United States died of the flu and its complications during last year's season.

Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu. At this point in the 2017-2018 flu season, 46 states were reporting widespread flu activity, there were 13.7 flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people and nearly 6% of doctor's visits were related to the flu. The H1N1 strain is predominant.

"It's a different season, different profile". "Limiting visitors to our hospitalized patients will help keep them safe while they're in our care". A pneumonia shot is usually necessary only once for those over the age of 65. Data suggests that more people got vaccinated earlier this year than they did last year, perhaps motivated by memories of the prior season. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

The department did not release additional information about the child, citing privacy concerns.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested.

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.

How is New Jersey faring against the rest of the country in influenza cases?

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.

According to officials, there is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot-especially health care workers-to get one. "Even if it is not a flawless match for all of this year's flu strains, the flu vaccine will provide some protection and reduce your chances of needing to be hospitalized if you do get sick".

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process.

That's right. Fewer than half of us got a flu shot even though we have more people covered by insurance and Medicaid expansion, and you can hardly walk into a drug store or supermarket pharmacy area that isn't touting the availability of flu shots - typically with no co-pay.

"If you haven't done so already, the time to get the vaccine is now, since we're in the midst of flu season and the vaccine takes up to 2 weeks to protect you", said Dr. Kurian.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.

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