Flu activity increasing nationally — CDC

Pearl Mccarthy
January 27, 2019

Maine CDC Director Bruce Bates says influenza season peaks between December and March, and it's critical for residents to take precautions. Finally, when people encounter the social influence of someone like a health care provider who encourages vaccines, people are more likely to get vaccinated. Even when the sun is out and the weather starts warming up, the virus is on the move. "Everybody's infection and their experience with the flu is a little bit idiosyncratic", Adalja says. "Don't be deceived by the weather". Its weekly report issued Friday shows a spike in positive flu test results in data collected for the week of January 13-19.

The New York State Health Department categorized Influenza activity level as "widespread", marking the sixth straight week that widespread activity has been reported. Next, people with the flu should stay home from work or school. Last week, that number rose to more than 1,400. The death of a three-year-old Quebec girl last week would not have been captured in that report. The cumulative number of reported influenza outbreaks through the state increased from 11 to 42. "He has tested positive for the H1N1", said a health official of. We're having higher attack rates in younger children. But during this time period in each of the last two years, 23 people under age 65 had died of the flu in the state.

Over the past five seasons, the end-of-season hospitalization rates have ranged from 31.4 per 100,000 (2015-2016) to 102.8 per 100,000 (2017-2018). "It is possible that it could be comparable if not a worse season than previous year for Nebraska".

Dr. Hu says there are still several groups that remain at risk of severe cases of influenza, with one of those being children. Rather, a slight fever or general achiness or fatigue can be a sign that your immune system is doing what it should be to build immunity to flu in response to the vaccine. These symptoms are less common with a cold.

In 2018, the flu spread across the country in one of the worst outbreaks in USA history.

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Wash hands with soap and water and use an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water aren't available will help.

Experts say, if you do get sick, it's the advice you probably hear the most that is the most effective in preventing it spreading to others. It is transmitted via droplets from an infected person through coughing, talking and sneezing, and through contact with the surfaces, material and clothing contaminated with discharges of an infected person.

"They will continue to rise throughout the season, so really it's important and it's not too late to get your flu shot", said Karen Derusha of the Clinton County Health Department.

The current influenza vaccine is still considered to be a good match for the influenza viruses that are circulating.

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