Flu Cases Show Signs Of Decreasing From Late December Highs

The flu is still widespread in 48 states bar Hawaii and Oregon but the CDC does not know if we've reached the peak yet

The flu is still widespread in 48 states bar Hawaii and Oregon but the CDC does not know if we've reached the peak yet

A lot of them had underlying conditions such as heart, lung or immune system problems.

"This is a severe flu season, and unfortunately there are no signs that it has peaked yet", said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

The flu scare has also left pharmacies running low on the preventative influenza drug, Tamiflu.

When should you seek immediate medical attention? . There are spot shortages of flu-fighting medications, both in Georgia and nationally.

When it comes to the flu shot, Wright admits it's not ideal but maintains it is the best defense.

"Reality is, no, it's not flawless", she said.

The agency said that 10 more children have died from influenza, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths associated with influenza this season to 63. Pediatric deaths from the flu are required to be reported to the department, but the department can not discuss the specifics of individual cases.

That's the message Taylor Marie's parents have been advocating since her death, "I see people sending their kids to school sick, because they can't afford to stay home and because of that people like us are losing our children", says Jessica.

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The number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases in DE continues to surge, with state health officials urging measures beyond flu shots at home and in the workplace. As of this week, the number of reported cases of students seen for the flu at the Student Health Center appears to have topped out, Huey says, noting that students who live off campus or were seen by other health care providers are not reflected in his numbers.

As is the case every season, this year's influenza vaccine formulation has coverage of strains of both type A and B influenza.

"Influenza B tends to be a milder flu strain but it can cause some severe flu in individuals", Timmins said.

'Unfortunately, more deaths are likely to happen... we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths, ' said Schuchat, according to.

The United States is reporting one doctor visit in 13 is due to the flu, the highest such level since the swine flu pandemic of 2009. People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.

To differentiate between a regular cold and the flu, Rubin said the hallmarks of the flu are high fevers, body aches and significant coughing. Symptoms usually begin one to four days after being exposed to the virus. "Influenza-like illness is now at the same level as the peak week of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic". "A good match means that the viruses circulating during a given season and the viruses in the vaccines are closely related and the antibodies produced protects against the infection", Dr. Lopez says. The flu started showing up locally in early in December, and seemed to peak by the last week in December with 101 cases reported that week.

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo authorized emergency funds to the state's 62 counties to fight the flu, which health officials say is spreading exponentially.

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