Flu in US Now Widespread but Season May Be Peaking: CDC

Flu epidemic is crippling America - particularly kids: Rate of under-fives hospitalized with deadly H3N2 has DOUBLED in just one week - as CDC warns new viral strains are emerging

People age 75 years and older and people living in sub-Saharan African countries experienced the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed four flu-related deaths so far, but that number is expected to increase. "Whether we will reach that level this year we don't know", Jernigan said.

The scientists' guess wasn't bad, as it included H3N2, the strain making most of the news right now.

If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer!

I think the CDC has spoken - as have various other organizations like the Infectious Diseases Society, pediatric groups - [about] appropriate use of antivirals, and we need to do not forget to use them during the coming flu season because we expect the vaccine to work, but not as well as we would like. "Anyone with a compromised immune system is going to be more susceptible". You might still get the flu if you've been immunized - but you're still getting some benefit, Pedersen said.

Health officials also encouraged people to stay away from emergency departments unless symptoms were serious. This strain can be particularly hard on the very young, people over age 65, or those with existing medical conditions.

Call the Cleveland Department of Public Health flu hotline at (216) 664-4621 to find out about the department's flu vaccination schedule.

No. Getting the vaccine now will take you through the flu season's second peak in early spring.

Almost 30 deaths in California, 1 in SE Minn.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 9 million to 36 million people become ill with the flu each year in the United States. It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever, according to the CDC.

In the first week of January, 1,406 Canadians reported influenza-like symptoms and 148 outbreaks were reported. Keith Colmer, of Claremont, was 53 years old.

In the last week, hospitalizations of children under five have nearly doubled and there were seven more pediatric deaths, bringing the season total to 20.

"Unfortunately, we do see those every year", Martin said of Colmer's untimely death. In just that one year, 1918, the average life expectancy in America plummeted by 12 years.

Minnesota had 1,021 influenza-related hospitalizations as of December 30, which qualified for "widespread" status by MDH's Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention & Control. AL.com reported that hospitals in seven of the state's eight health districts were at 90 percent capacity on Friday. "I'm nearly expecting 35 to 40".

More than 25 percent of the US population became ill, and some 675,000 Americans died during the pandemic from 1918 to 1919. We can't tell the effectiveness of this year's flu vaccine until after the flu season, Hanrahan said.

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