U.S. states reporting widespread flu: CDC

30 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Colin Gill
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Twelve of those deaths were in Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone.

In addition, a total of 12 influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the 2017-2018 season have been reported.

Health officials say despite the rise in cases, there have been no deaths from the flu this year.

In light of panic over reports of the vaccine's effectiveness, the CDC reported that it expects the American vaccine to be 32 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, but this week saw the flu become highly active in 21 states. "But this year we started seeing it earlier in November, even October in Calgary Zone, so this year is a bit different".

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.

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A higher risk of complications from the flu is possible for children six to 59 months of age, pregnant women, people 65 years or older, and people with chronic health problems.

"It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this serious disease".

"Everybody, who I've seen, who've had flu, majority have not had the flu shot", DeMoss told ABC affiliate KABC-TV.

H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the United States in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts. "It's not as severe as it would have been if you didn't get the shot". Both influenza A and influenza B viruses are circulating, with mixed patterns detected across the region, including higher proportions of influenza B than influenza A and more 2009 H1N1 than H3N2.

Nationally, the percentage of clinic visits for flu-which climbed from 3.5% to 5%-has been at or above the national baseline for 5 weeks so far this season, the CDC said, adding that in recent seasons, flu has been at those levels for an average of 13 weeks.

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