Marcha 23, 2018

Flu on the decline -- but danger not over

11 Marcha 2018, 06:05 | Martinez Canez

FLU DEATHS: 12 more reported in North Carolina, 34 more in South Carolina

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A total of 276 people have died as a result of the virus since the flu season began October 1.

Among adults, the proportion of pneumonia- and flu-related deaths decreased to 8.8% of all deaths reported during the seventh week of the year, the CDC reported, noting that these data are always two weeks delayed.

The Washington Post reported that this flu season has sent more people to the hospital with the illness than any other season in almost a decade.

A flu mutation with the potential to become the deadliest pandemic in history could arise any day, with few options left to humans to stop it, chair of the US -based Global Health Council warned this week.

The flu has been spreading quickly in California - and it's not over yet.

At this point previous year, there had only been 31 flu-related deaths in Indiana.

Nordlund concluded with a recommendation for people who have not done so to get a flu shot.

"The positive flu results have trended down in the past three weeks", said Sheila Bennett, Senior Vice President and Chief of Patient Services at Floyd Medical Center.

Cases of the flu are continuing to fall, both across the country and locally.

Cabaj said the effectiveness of the flu vaccine against the dominant strain has been lower than health officials would like.

This year's flu season has reached more than 200 influenza-associated deaths - more than double what the rate was last year, according to the latest Iowa Department of Public Health report. Complications from the flu are estimated to kill between 2,90,000 and 6,50,000 people each year.

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse has not seen any flu-related hospitalizations yet in March.

"The majority of people with influenza so far this season have been infected with the H3N2 influenza virus", Shuchat said during her testimony yesterday.

"The most likely culprit will be a new and unprecedentedly deadly mutation of the influenza virus", he said.

"Now, about 45 percent [of cases] are influenza B", he said.

"Usually we get influenza A first and then towards the end of the flu season we get B. This year, we're getting both together".

Over 1.21 million doses of flu vaccine have been administered to Albertans.

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