Flu and flu-like cases starting to increase

Kristen Gonzales
January 25, 2018

The flu bug is causing major health problems all across the country but it's not just people being affected.

An unusually severe strain of flu, H3N2 is circulating and now accounts for more than 62 percent of positive flu samples in Pennsylvania.

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the more deadly ones, with at least 85 adults and 30 children dying in the United States from influenza-related causes so far this year.

There have been several reported deaths related to the flu in Alabama.

"I've seen cases where people have gotten it in the same season", Smith said.

According to a Reuters report, of the 30 USA children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated. The spread of the disease in New Hampshire - which Daly reports hasn't reached its peak - is expected to continue widely for the next six weeks, at least.

So far, 30 children in the USA have died from the flu this season.

"More and more cases everyday", Ingram said.

"These case counts represent only a fraction of the actual burden of illness due to influenza occurring in the commonwealth at any given time", the website said. Flu vaccination can prevent flu illnesses, doctor's visits, and missed work and school, as well as flu-related hospitalizations.

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People at higher risk of serious complications from the flu include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with certain conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke, asthma, and diabetes.

Since the beginning of the flu season in October, 42 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

Nationwide, only about 45 percent of adults get the shot every year.

At Camden Clark, the number of cases is down since the December spike, but the visitation restrictions remain in effect, Debbie Life, an infection preventionist at the medical center, said.

To assess whether hospitalized seniors get tested for flu when they have symptoms, Hartman and her colleagues analyzed data on more than 1,400 adults. "There are a lot of myths that need to be laid to rest".

Larimer County officials are investigating what might be the county's first flu death of the season, which would be the second in Colorado. To help avoid illness, people should wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, avoid others who are sick and coughing and use disinfectant wipes.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

"We are not seeing it as much as everyone else", she said.

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