Febrero 19, 2018

Deadly Flu Season Expected To Ramp Up

14 Febrero 2018, 04:00 | Martinez Canez

The Flu is Killing Up to 4000 Americans a Week

The number of people with influenza-like illness this year has climbed past every other year including the 2009 swine flu pandemic, as demonstrated in a new graph from the CDC

The child was an Essex County resident.

Like many cases this season, what's so hard to understand is that Whitley got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, River, she's physically active and has no underlying medical conditions yet was stricken down by influenza and is on life support.

That's the message Taylor Marie's parents have been advocating since her death, "I see people sending their kids to school sick, because they can't afford to stay home and because of that people like us are losing our children", says Jessica.

Flu season usually takes off in late December and peaks around February.

Another strain is floating around, which means you could get the flu twice.

If results continue to track with the agency's analysis of this past data, Budd believes there could be about 35 million illnesses this season, approximately 700,000 hospitalizations and at least 56,000 deaths associated with the flu.

Schuchat said hospitalizations in the 55-to-64 age group and higher levels of influenza-like illness are where the records will come.

147-thousand doses of the vaccine have been distributed to local health care providers and Wright says they haven't been getting calls to distribute more.

The Fayette County Health Department is encouraging anyone that hasn't received a flu shot yet to do so.

Health department officials say the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states, DE is seeing a higher share of B-strain cases than normal for this time of year. Riley missed two days of school due to illness and said being sick this year convinced him to get the flu shot more consistently in the future.

Somewhere between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die on an annual basis from complications of influenza.

At Peninsula Regional Medical Center, 57 people have been admitted so far this flu season, said Karen Mihalik, infection preventionist at the hospital. The CDC uses this data to determine the timing and intensity of flu activity.

The CDC says symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. Some people, especially young children, may also have diarrhea and vomiting. This mirrors the national trend and the CDC is recommending the pneumonia vaccine for those 65 and older. "But this year, I was sick with the flu for two weeks".

Besides getting the flu vaccine and washing your hands, Benard said the best way to avoid getting sick is to stay away from people who have the flu.

Clean: Properly wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.

"When you cough or sneeze, please do so in your inner elbow or into a tissue", she said.

Social media posts review prevention and management of the flu, including how to minimize spread.

The 1918 pandemic infect about one-third of the world's population and killed five percent of the people on the Earth.

Adults with flu can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear to approximately one week after.

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