What will this flu season be like?

What will this flu season be like?

"The season is really starting to pick up", said Lynnette Brammer, the lead of CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team. A strain of the H1N1 virus has predominated this season so far, but it's too soon to tell if that will continue for the remainder of the season, state health officials wrote in the update.

In 1918, H1N1 flu killed 50 million people around the world.

According to the GCPH website, persons should check with their doctor before receiving a flu vaccine if they're allergic or sensitive to eggs or have had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine.

In Arkansas last week, 52 of the state's 75 counties reported influenza cases. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths. When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died.

There have been reports of an increase in reported influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina.

"When the flu vaccine is effective it can make a big difference", she says.


Ten flu deaths have been recorded in Arkansas. Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia.

Gates said the best ways to prevent getting the illness is by getting a flu shot and practicing good hygiene.

For more information about flu surveillance in DE, read the weekly flu report at dhss.delaware.gov/dph/epi/influenzawkly.html. She said Mercy would begin to issue precautions if that percentage got up to 10.

While nearly half of the USA population gets a flu vaccination annually, the CDC says the impact of influenza remains high.

While the number of flu cases is down in the rest of Atlantic Canada, health professionals are warning that not enough people are getting the flu shot, which puts themselves and others at risk. "Meaning if you get that vaccine it's likely to protect you this year", said Welch.

When you are sick, try to limit your contact with others. A report from Med Express claims that American businesses lose, on average, more than $16 billion during each flu season. The bad news is that there's a long way to go.

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