The number of Americans hospitalized for influenza has increased to the highest levels in almost 10 years, according to the CDC's most recent flu update published Friday. Earlier this year, Queensway Carleton Hospital cancelled elective surgeries for two days when it became overwhelmed with flu and other cases.
The Eagle asked Amie Worthington, a medical investigator with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, that question and more. Any patients suffering a fever above 100° Fahrenheit and with a cough and/or sore throat are for both influenza and pneumonia. That agency keeps up with flu data from across the country. But the epidemic is accelerating.
Most deaths from the flu this season have occurred in people over 65 and among children, as is often the case.
As the nation is gripped with a particularly severe and unsafe flu season, there is a shakeup at the CDC. Of those, 84 are Influenza A and 31 are Influenza B.
She said the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control "reported a mid-season estimate of influenza vaccine effectiveness at 42 per cent overall". The technology highlights areas of NY that see spikes in flu activity so the organization can put additional resources in areas where more patients may seek care. In the past, the flu has started and peaked in January; however, the current flu virus began all the way back in November - the part of the year that is popular with family and friend gatherings. It hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and more people are expected to be in the hospital.
According to Reddy, the flu vaccine protects you from either three or four strains of the flu.
Officials say that they will be administering the vaccine at the Hampton Health Department office building, located at 3130 Victoria Blvd. "I would still go (get a vaccine) because even though it's not as protective as it should be, the severity might not be as high if you had not received the vaccine".
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Appointments are still available for a February 6 flu clinic being conducted by the Livingston County Department of Health.
The flu shot contains a dead virus.
More sick children were also recorded at other hospitals, with many diagnosed with the influenza A and B viruses, which can be fatal.
Dr. Hawkinson said the flu virus is passed along through coughing, sneezing and poor hand hygiene.
Preventative measures to stay healthy include getting a flu shot, washing hands, disinfecting surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if sick.
The major emergency rooms of St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson in New Jersey, United States have been serving a wide rush of people admitting due to the flu.