Flu Season On Pace To Reach Highest Number Of Hospitalizations

Flu Season On Pace To Reach Highest Number Of Hospitalizations

This year's flu could be more calamitous than outbreaks going back decades, but there's no way to know for sure. The complete strain of the virus isn't something that has changed, but there are noticeable differences that have caused officials to look closely at how and why this year is impacting so many more people.

Many have questioned the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, but the CDC says it's not too late to get a flu shot, even if you've already had the flu and while it's not 100 percent, some protection is better than none, especially since they're starting to see a wave of Influenza B, more effective in this vaccine. A total of2,794 absences due to illness were reported in January, close to the 2,841 that were reported in October of 2009, when the swine flu broke out.

The commissioner says there are about 36,000 fatalities in the United States during a normal flu season and that the CDC is projecting 50,000 or more this year.

"It is so important that Delawareans act now to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. However, if you have a life-threatening allergic reaction to the vaccine or any of its ingredients (like egg or gelatin) or you who have Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder, you should not get the vaccine.

Wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, or use hand sanitizer.

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The flu vaccine is also more effective against influenza B which tends to peak later in the season. The troubling data has public health officials urging those with symptoms of flu to stay home from work or school. "You won't be as sick if you get the flu.so the flu vaccine is still highly recommended", Breeding said.

Reporting adult deaths from the flu is not required, so the state does not track that information, said Nikki Laska, a spokeswoman for the department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care or other necessities). "I would never discourage a parent from bringing in a child that they think has the flu". Each type of flu virus also propagates into numerous strains that are subtly different from each other. There were 40,414 deaths in the USA during the third week of 2018, the most recent data available, and 4,064 were from pneumonia or influenza, according to the CDC data. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose, and feeling very exhausted.

Malas is happy to help any student looking for guidance during this intense flu season.

When it comes to the flu shot, Wright admits it's not flawless but maintains it is the best defense. Those with symptoms of the flu are asked to contact their medical care provider, as antiviral medication may be necessary.

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