"The (Centers for Disease Control and Preventions have) declared this current flu season an epidemic". More than 1,600 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with lab-confirmed influenza during that time, the highest weekly number since Department of Health reporting began in 2004. The week of January 7, that fell to 161 tests, with 28 percent positive.
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Health officials say influenza activity has increased and is now widespread in 49 states, except Hawaii, according to the CDC. This season, the virus has claimed the lives of two OH children, a 1-year-old boy in Lucas County and a 4-year-old boy in Montgomery County, according to the Department of Health. That puts the region in step with 49 of the 50 states that have residents with flu from border to border. But staying home when you're sick "could make a difference in the spread of the influenza virus", Ehrman said.
So, why are we all not racing to our local pharmacy or doctor's surgery to get the flu jab? Information about vaccination clinics may also be available from the health department. "When H3 viruses are predominant, we tend to have a worse flu season with more hospitalizations and more deaths", CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said. Although people 65 and older make up only 15 percent of the US population, on average, they account for about 60 percent of the hospitalizations and 90 percent of the deaths attributed to seasonal flu.
The youngest Americans are also among those at highest risk.
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The number of people visiting Global Positioning System over flu-related illnesses increased 42 per cent during the second week of January.
"The study findings suggest that keeping surfaces clean, washing our hands all the time and avoiding people who are coughing does not provide complete protection from getting the flu", study co-author Sheryl Ehrman, dean of the College of Engineering at San José State University, said in a statement. We already got hints of a problem back in November and December, when it came up in a way that the flu vaccine was not at all so powerful upon the dominant effort that is being circulated this year, which is named as H3N2. So, public health officials rely on reports of flu-like illness or actual flu tests among people who do go to doctors' offices or emergency departments. It's an influenza A strain, meaning it's a severe version that can cause individuals to be very ill. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea.
Call your physician if you have persistent fever, weakness, diarrhea, difficulty breathing or chest pain, persistent muscle or body aches, or if you have an underlying chronic illness like diabetes or heart disease.
Schaffner and other public health experts had feared these reports would stop, based on an earlier version of the contingency plan, which said that a shutdown would leave the CDC "unable to support the annual seasonal influenza program". Studens are strongly urged to be immunized, wash their hands often, stay home if sick, and wear a mask in the health center.