Flu-related deaths in Travis County rise to 11

Influenza Season Survival Tips

And while flu activity may be nearing its peak, Jernigan warned there will still be several weeks of activity, which will likely see more infections caused by influenza B strains.

Seven more children have died of the flu in the past week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of the week ending January 6, the Minnesota Department of Health reports more than 1,700 flu-related hospitalizations, 55 outbreaks of influenza-like illness in long-term care facilities, 43 outbreaks in schools and one pediatric flu death this season.

"Flu is everywhere in the USA right now". In a press conference on Friday morning, the CDC says flu season appears to be peaking.

Still, flu is unpredictable.

Despite concerns that the flu shot isn't working this year, Saskatchewan health officials say it's too early to confirm that notion.

Prior to implementing visitation restrictions, Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals were already taking a number of precautions, including providing protective masks at all entrances and designating separate waiting areas for patients experiencing fever and flu-like symptoms.

Those are two of the key ways the CDC monitors the severity of a flu season.

During last year's flu season, there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations and eight pediatric deaths in NY. Flu seasons during which H3 viruses are prevalent are usually worse and come with more hospitalizations and deaths.

A severe flu outbreak is filling Alabama hospitals and emergency rooms, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

The 19 CommUnityCare Health Centers in Travis County report they have received up to 90 patients a day with flu-like symptoms since mid-December, according to Central Health, which funds the centers.

There haven't been any deaths of our youngest Iowans, which is a sign that parents are vaccinating early on in childhood.

The strain of influenza A responsible for most of the illness seen so far is called H3N2-which experts say is associated with higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths than other strains. "The vaccine has a harder time covering that one particular strain".

She said new flu vaccine stock was now available at the Boots warehouse for their pharmacies to re-stock. Any protection is better than none. "The other hypothesis could be that the vaccine wasn't a good mesh this year". "Be sure to wash your hands, particularly if you are sick yourself", Harris said.

That being said, the flu shot also protects against H1N1 and influenza B, which are circulating this year and tend to have a higher vaccine effectiveness than H3N2, Brammer says.

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