Flu death toll rises to six as virus 'now circulating more intensely'

Flu death toll rises to six as virus 'now circulating more intensely'

Thirteen flu-related deaths have been reported nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cases of influenza are continuing to ramp up across the country, with kids and teens bearing much of the brunt of the dreaded winter bug, say infectious diseases experts, predicting that the peak of the annual sneezing-coughing-feeling-miserable season is likely still several weeks away.

The CDC says the number of states experiencing widespread flu activity has now doubled to 24, that includes Pennsylvania and Delaware.

"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains. That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring.

But he can tell you it's not too late to get your flu shot. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.

While H1N1 was the dominant flu strain last season, this one has already been far worse.

Kaiser noted it's not too late to get vaccinated against influenza.

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Two more people have died from the flu in San Diego County, bringing this season's total to 11, according to County News Center.

Price said some people confuse the flu with a common cold, but there are differences you can spot.

The CDC warns individuals that flu symptoms come on suddenly.

The CDC is the official recorder of flu outbreaks in the USA, and offers a free app, FluView, to help users track flu outbreaks in their state throughout flu season.

Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches). When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced. "So what we like to say, 'It's really not all about you'".

"We also have good evidence that having a flu shot greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization or death even for those who do get the flu anyway", he added. Moreover, they are getting ready for next season with plans in place to purchase double the amount of anti-flu vaccines in autumn 2019, up from 41,000 a year ago to 80,000 for 2019.

Regular hand washing, getting the flu shot, and sneezing into your arm rather than your hand are important preventive measures.

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