CDC Reports Increased Flu Rates to End 2018

CDC Reports Increased Flu Rates to End 2018

This is important news since 185 pediatric deaths related to influenza were reported to the CDC during the 2017-18 flu season.

As of the end of December, the rate of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) had almost doubled from the national baseline, as the 2018-19 influenza (flu) season continues to see a variation of influenza A strains predominately affect the country. Rates, however, were higher among young children and the elderly (14.5 and 11.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, respectively), as these populations are more susceptible to complications of the flu.

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.

In Cole County, there have only been 47 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu so far this season, said Jaime Young, Cole County communicable disease and epidemiology director.

This year's flu season began in late October and is expected to last through March.

With the start of the new year, flu season has been picking up across the country.

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Cadieux noted that flu season peaked early this year in Alberta, but has yet to peak in Ottawa. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain. Vaccines protect against multiple flu strains.

Experts say it takes about two weeks to build up immunity against the virus after getting vaccinated. "So, I tell patients it's never too late to get your flu shot".

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

Dr Kelleher said that while most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who was concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out-of-hours medical service so they could arrange to be treated in a way that did not put others at risk.

To lessen the chances of developing the flu, adults and children need to practice good hygiene measures.

Because the peak period came later this season, it is likely to extend to the middle or end of next month, he said.

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