Flu Hammering Country, With More to Come — CDC

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For the latest FluView report on Friday that covered the week that ended January 6, the level of people reporting influenza-like illness remained at 5.8 percent, which was not quite at the 6 percent level reported in the flu season of 2014-2015. State officials are not mandated to report flu deaths among those 65 and older.

From September to last week, there were nine flu-related deaths; now it's 17, according to recent data tracked by the surveillance branch of the province's public health division. The flu season, which runs from October to May, started early and has so far been severe, according to the federal CDC.

For example, he said, if they have more patients than they can handle. The highest number of reported cases have been between people 0-4 and 5-24, the reports shows.

Last year, for instance, there were 467 cases in ME through the end of January, but 5,830 cases by the end of the season.

On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a statement noting increased reports of seasonal influenza and other respiratory illnesses across the state. A patient with serious complications can be transferred to a hospital, if necessary. Because of Governor Ivey's proclamation, it has made it easier for hospitals to activate their emergency operation plan.

Flu has been considered widespread in the state since last week, according to Dr. Keith Ramsey, medical director for infection control at Vidant Medical Center and chairman of the Pitt County Board of Health. The restrictions are necessary for the health of its patients and community.

- People experiencing flu-like symptoms or colds should not visit any patient. Symptoms include a cough, sore throat, aches and fever. Almost 6,500 people have been hospitalized since the season started in October.

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Flu clinics will soon be open throughout the state at various public health districts, said Harris.

"It's like a MASH unit", said Dr. Ed Hirsch, the hospital's chief medical officer.

It is "certainly welcomed as we work through this situation", he said. If you need emergency-level care, be prepared that Emergency departments are extremely busy. Information was unavailable from the Pitt County Health Department on whether any of the latest deaths occurred in the county.

While hospitals sometimes restrict visitors during influenza outbreaks, MDMH hasn't needed to do that this year. That is part of a federal entitlement program, Lesinger said.

A number of Boots stores "temporarily" ran out of flu vaccinations on Friday amid rising concerns about the virus. That's how last year's flu season played out. "The flu illness has really ramped up in a proportionate way that is very significant". Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.

Bennett, the Maine CDC epidemiologist, said that older populations are more at risk, especially those in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living centers.

"One of the concerns we do have is we want to keep our patients safe", said Matthew. "This is not to try and be restrictive". Elsewhere, there has been widespread media coverage of healthy adults who have died after getting the flu. It will help prevent the flu, and if you get the flu it will be less severe.

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