The Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

The Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

The Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

If you haven't already received your flu shot it's not too late.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that may lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death.

"With the flu in the United States at nearly historical proportions, it's important to be vaccinated and protect yourself as much as possible", says Kerry McCue, health administrator.

Hospital emergency rooms are being inundated during this flu season and are having to add extra staff and resources to handle the cases.

In Suffolk, there have been over 3,700 cases of the flu this season, with 782 new cases reported last week. However, Dr. Lopez says, the CDC doesn't recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine this season.

Bellone: "We ask residents to obtain immunization against the flu to protect not only themselves but others".

Despite the calls from health officials for people to get the flu vaccine, flaws and all, only 40 percent of the United States population had received the flu vaccination by November.

Scientists measure the spread and severity of the flu by looking at the percentage of doctor's visits that are for flu or flu-like illnesses.

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Tran said she usually gets the flu shot but didn't get around to it this year.

Budd said influenza A H3N2 is the predominant strain of the virus this season, which is often linked with higher mortality and hospitalization rates among older adults and young children, though influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 and influenza B viruses are circulating as well.

Throughout most of the nation, the flu appears to remain on the rise, Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, MD, said at a briefing February 9. Her statement comes on the heels of new research from Canada that revealed that this year's flu vaccine is 14% less effective than originally thought, meaning that it is just 20% effective against the dominant H3N2 strain.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about the flu. She noted that the Canadian researchers estimated that the flu vaccine is 55 percent effective against influenza B viruses, which typically cause more infections late in the season.

While Hyde's vaccination might not have protected her from the virus, CDC epidemiologist Dr. Vicki Benard told the Clarion getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent the flu.

To differentiate between a regular cold and the flu, Rubin said the hallmarks of the flu are high fevers, body aches and significant coughing.

There have also been a total of five pediatric deaths in Texas this season. Riley missed two days of school due to illness and said being sick this year convinced him to get the flu shot more consistently in the future.

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