CDC: Flu Outbreak Now Considered Epidemic, Season Hits Peak

The physician said children are more susceptible to get the flu virus.

The number of verified flu cases in Northeastern Pennsylvania is growing every day and based on predictors from other continents such as Australia, experts are bracing for a storm of sickness. Only 18.5 percent contracted H1N1.

She adds that severe dehydration is the most common complication risk associated with this type of illness.

With the flu season at its peak, students should be aware of tactics to stay healthy.

Cox said the MCB doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and staff are taking all necessary precautions to protect themselves and patients in response to the outbreak of influenza.

Tressa Crits Public Health Nurse disclosed that the cases reported have been in nursing and personal care homes. Call the health department main line at (810) 987-5300. Now in SLO County, the flu season is well underway. The Austin health department identified 11 P&I fatalities. Just 24 hours after he was finally rushed to the hospital on December 27 he died when his organs shut down as a result of septic shock caused by the flu.

"It's not too late".

TRHS is also instituting visitor restrictions for the remainder of flu season.

According to the report, there were 1,155 deaths associated with the flu virus between October 1, 2017 and January 10, 2018.

In addition, states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

What should I do if I have the flu? They will reopen their doors on Tuesday following the Martin Luther King holiday.

"Viruses are always changing", said Van Deusen.

The main strains circulating continue to be flu A (H3N2), A (H1N1) and Flu B.

This is not a year to get the flu. While the flu shot offers most protection if you get it early in the season, it's better now than never.

"We've had a pretty significant uptick in the flu activity over the past two weeks", said the hospital's medical director. "People shouldn't put it off any longer". "The big surge has taken place in the last two weeks, so we are in the thick of it". "So the sooner the better". Every February, a group of researchers from around the world meets at the World Health Organization to pin down three or four flu strains that might infect people in the Northern hemisphere during the following winter.

Other preventive actions include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, avoiding close contact with sick people, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs, said Patel. Some schools in the Birmingham area also closed due to the large volume of flu cases being reported.

As you may already know, the Alabama Department of Public Health has indicated that influenza-like illnesses have been widespread in the state, and across the nation.

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