Flu Season Getting Even Worse, Especially For Children — CDC

03 February, 2018, 10:55 | Author: Rita Burton
  • New data shows 136 Hoosiers have died from flu this season

Schuchat and Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, director of the influenza division at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, briefed the media on flu activity today. Now 53 pediatric deaths this season have been attributed to the flu.

CDC recommends that people at high risk of serious flu complications be treated with flu antiviral drugs if they get sick with flu. "This time of year it is very important to stay conscious of the germs on door handles and bathroom surfaces", Cutspec said. Such activity is likely to hurt the bottom line, even though volume is increasing.

Here during the fourth week of the year which runs January 21 through January 27., there were 120 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta due to influenza, up from 115 hospitalizations during the previous week. Flu season came early this year, though, and it has shown high peaks of activity, according to the North Central Health District. That is up from a total of 25 last week. Adults aged 50 to 64 were hospitalized at a rate of 54.0 per 100,000 population, and children aged 4 years and younger at 33.3 per 100,000 population.

The Boone County Health Department says it has seen 355 cases since the season started in October with 74 coming in just the last week.

Almost 14.5 percent of hospital and doctor visits the last week of January were for symptoms of the flu, according to the Texas department of health.

The Center for Disease Control said this severe flu season is showing little signs of slowing down.

Ways to avoid becoming infected with the flu include being vaccinated - which is suggested by the World Health Organization as the most effective measure against the flu - as well as washing hands and wearing masks.

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"I would say to parents please don't panic", Salinas said in a phone interview.

We're in the middle of flu season, but it's never too late to protect yourself and those around you.

"If somebody's got it and they don't know they have it, and then they're out and then you kind of were around them", White said.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze-throw the tissue away after you use it. Also, don't go to work, and don't have your children go to school, when sick. This season's vaccine targets the strains that are making Americans sick, including the key H3N2 virus. The strain, which hit the Southern Hemisphere hard before getting to the United State in late fall, also caused previous high numbers in Texas and the nation in 2014-2015. Infection can continue up to 24 hours after the fever breaks without the help of a fever-reducing medication. He recently co-authored an investment note that found while increased volume usually results in a net positive for providers, having an increase of patients with lower-acuity ailments such as the flu often results in hospitals incurring a net loss for their treatment.

In milder cases, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.

This year's flu virus affects many and should be taken seriously by all, especially students.



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