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Flu widespread nationwide, but cases down this year in Florida — CDC

Only Winnipeg region has had more flu cases than Northern Manitoba this season Flu taking toll in California, other states, but having milder impact nationwide, data show
Anna Jefferson | 14 January, 2019, 00:24

By comparison, there were 195 pediatric hospitalizations over the same period last season. Designing the correct immunization against flu means guessing which strain or strains will be the big ones, and then making an effective deterrent. They're asking people who develop flu-like symptoms to submit a nasal swab to their labs.

Hardest-hit are those 5 and younger and people 65 and older - two groups which have seen high rates of being hospitalized with the flu, the CDC reported.

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.

Death estimates for adults who contracted the flu are not yet available, but as of late December, the CDC said that about 6% of deaths nationwide were due to influenza or pneumonia.

"We're seeing quite a number of upper respiratory infections which are also viral in nature", said Dr. Alex Roby, medical director at Red River ER in Sherman.

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A total of 145 new cases of influenza were reported during the first week of the new year, according to the most recent data from the Montana Health Department.

Flu vaccines are offered at many doctor's offices, clinics, local health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers and some schools. Flu activity was high in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia, according to the CDC. Seasonal flu epidemics occur yearly during the colder months.

Normally, he would advise parents of children with run-of-the-mill flu symptoms to treat them at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications to control fever.

Three people have died from the flu in ME so far this season, according to the state's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. "Just to say it's not too late to get your shot".

Now, doctors say there are certain risk factors that can make it more likely for someone to develop complications from the flu. Specifically, influenza-like illnesses (ILI) this week peaked at 3.5 percent, whereas last year's ILI peaked at 7.5 percent.

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