Last week, 21 people in North Carolina-including a 6-year-old girl in Wake County-died from influenza (flu) and state health officials fear the worst is yet to come. "This has been a particularly tough flu season so far", said Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director for Metro Health's Communicable Diseases department.
She died in December and had not had a flu shot.
For the third straight week, 49 states have reported widespread flu activity, CDC officials said Friday, in contrast to most years when it hits different parts of the country at different times.
Since Oct. 1, almost 9,000 flu-related hospitalizations were reported nationwide and widespread flu activity is being experienced in 49 states, with high activity noted in 32, including Virginia.
We've gotten to that point in this unusually terrible flu season where city officials have started dishing out flu shots for free.
CDC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) cited the case of a six-month-old boy who was confirmed to have serious flu-related complications last week, the youngest case this season.
Coughing or sneezing by infected individuals can spread the flu by water droplets which contain the virus from their throats, mouths and noses that are suspended in the air column (aerosol).
Everyone says get a flu shot but that may be easy to say and hard to do.
Flu shots are scarce as we approach the end of flu season, one of the worst in a decade.
This year there are four different strains.
"Most of the time, adenoviruses produce influenza-like illness with cough and runny nose and feeling crummy, but you get better", said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.
Some 3.6 percent of visits to sites providing data for the weekly reports - doctors' offices, school health services, community health centers - were for influenza-like illnesses during the week of January 26. If you contract it, there are prescription medications like Tamiflu and Relenza (or zanamivir), that can be used to ease symptoms, but they won't get rid of them.
The best advice is call ahead to see if there are flu vaccines available.
Red indicates the highest percentage of visits to outpatient providers for flu-like symptoms in terms of how this level is measured.
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Similar to last season, United travel to Spurs boasting one of the best away records, losing only twice on their travels thus far. Tottenham lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford back in October after Anthony Martial's victor in the final 10 minutes.
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TONIGHT: Scattered snow showers linger, with a low of 20 degrees, and the chance for slick spots on area roadways. It won't be much, but the snow will fall through about 9 or 10am before tapering to snow showers through midday.
Flu season to be worst in a decade
The CDC said this year's flu season has two notable characteristics. "It's been 22 years since I felt that badly". And because the season promises to rage on for a few more weeks, it's not too late to get the vaccine , either.
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But Apple likely performed strongly in the October-December quarter, given that the iPhone X did not launch until November. The news sent Apple shares falling by as much as 2.3pc in early trading before they staged a slight recovery.