Kentucky now reporting 'widespread' flu activity; numbers worse than last season
05 January, 2019, 05:58 | Author: Judith Dennis
For the week ending December 29, flu activity in New Jersey is listed as high and widespread.
The flu is widespread in NY and 10 other states, according to the CDC.
Four influenza-related pediatric deaths were reported during the week.
"This is different than in previous years where only one influenza B strain was covered in the adult formulation of vaccine".
29 people were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms in the Milwaukee area on Thursday.
Five people have died from this season's flu outbreak.
There were more flu-related deaths a year ago: 34 by the end of December. Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia.
The IDPH's report notes flue activity has increased over the last three weeks and has been reported throughout the state. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness was significantly higher, at 5 percent, and eventually peaked at 7.5 percent later in the season.
Peak flu season in the state is between now and March.
The Nebraska influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between DHHS and its many partners in the state including, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics and emergency departments. "There is still plenty of flu season to come".
"The emergency department is not a great place to get care for flu, because you could be exposed to a lot of other things", he said. While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people.
Doctor Kathlyn Ignacio, is advocating for the use of the flu vaccine.
"It is not too late to get your flu vaccine".
The Center of Disease Control said knowing the difference can help a person to a faster and easier recovery. "They are always at the highest risk of death along with the very elderly", Skolnik said.
The shot can have benefits for entire communities as well. Nearly all flu cases have been influenza A, and of those they were able to test in detail, most were the H1N1 virus subtype.
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