Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Health officials: 15 deaths, 'high level' of hospitalizations reported from flu

Flu hits York County. Vaccine is less effective this year Iowa flu cases shooting up faster than other states
Anna Jefferson | 14 January, 2018, 00:45

The state may be four to six weeks away from seeing a peak.

"More than 90 percent of beds are filled within those public health districts", says Dr. Scott Harris, of the Alabama Department of Public Health. "It's across the board in New Mexico".

It's not the worst flu season in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared during a press conference Friday morning.

The flu in Georgia is spreading quickly, with hospitals reporting an increase of flu-related cases in recent weeks. The CDC is calling it an epidemic.

The CDC cautioned Friday that we could still have three months left in flu season.

Federal health officials cite the bad winter weather, holiday travel and the severe H3N2 strain for the high number of hospitalizations in the state and nationwide. "But this season, there is a dominant strain that wasn't super common last season".

"The H3N2 strain that's circulating is a little bit harder of a virus too, it's robust", said Casie Stoughton, Director of City of Amarillo Public Health.

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"Even at its best, the seasonal flu vaccine is only 60% effective, and we've had years where it's as low as 10% but we anticipate it won't be that low this year", Fauci says.

"Even though it's not ideal, it's still the best protection we have", said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at University Health Network in Toronto. The influenza vaccine is typically more effective against influenza B, which reiterates how important it is for New Yorkers to get vaccinated. All of the people were elderly and medically fragile.

"Signs to look out for are fever, body aches, it comes on pretty quickly and then you had headache and runny nose", said Andrew Zurcher, nurse practitioner at CHI Health's Quick Care on 50th and O streets.

"It can dramatically impact the duration and severity of your symptoms", Safranek said.

Sometimes, the flu vaccine is not enough to prevent getting the flu.

The department offers flu vaccinations while supplies last for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Health officials warn that the actual number of flu cases is likely to be significantly higher as many individuals with the flu may not seek medical treatment instead attempting to try to ride out the illness with over the counter medications.

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