CDC influenza surveillance data confirms severity of flu season

CDC influenza surveillance data confirms severity of flu season

CDC influenza surveillance data confirms severity of flu season

The outbreak has reached nearly every corner of the country, with every state except Hawaii and OR reporting widespread flu, Schuchat said. Biology professor Dr. Benjamin Christmann said it is largely thanks to how the prevalent strain has changed beyond the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control as of Monday, Feb. 12 reported 63 influenza-associated deaths in children around the country since October, though thankfully none in Wisconsin.

Sirus Wheaton '19 said he did not receive the flu vaccine this year but did his best to prevent getting sick through other precautions.

"Rest, get lots of fluids, and did you do not forget to get your flu shot?" said Turner, president of IT consulting firm, TCG. Another recent CDC study showed that flu vaccination reduced intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, ICU length of stay, and overall duration of hospitalization among hospitalized flu patients.

Not all of this year's flu data has been collected, he said, but early estimates of effectiveness for this year's strain of influenza A suggests it sits around 10 to 20 per cent and 55 per cent for influenza B. Past year 76.3% children between ages 6 to 23 months have been covered with flu shots, the agency notes. But what does that really mean?

Health officials in CT say the flu epidemic will get worse before it gets better, and they're taking steps to try to stop the virus from spreading. However, even if there is a "bad" match, the vaccine can still provide some protection. Almost 12,000 positive flu reports came in the week before. "There is no way that they are able to absolutely determine what exact flu strain will circulate or if there are new viruses that may emerge", she says. Flu can make people more vulnerable to secondary infections like bacterial pneumonia, so we recommend people 65 and over get the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine. "You've got to protect the community".

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Mullins said the flu vaccine is good for an estimated 5 months.

When treatment is started within two days of becoming sick with flu symptoms, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by about one day, according to the CDC.

The talk surrounding influenza has gone up after two children died of it recently in Guelph.

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"The body recognizes [these] proteins as non-self and produces white blood cells to attack the flu virus". Common symptoms include a fever of 100° Fahrenheit, headache, fatigue, cough, muscle aches, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose.

Nonetheless, DeMaria said public health officials spend a lot of time trying to "counter the myths that are out there" about vaccines.

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