Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

United States flu season is getting worse

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Steve Townsend | 22 January, 2018, 02:23

The number of children dead is double what it was this time previous year and state and local officials are urging people to get their flu shot. However, the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.

"This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought", Dr. Dan Jernigan with the CDC told the Associated Press.

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During this year's flu season in Australia, the vaccine was only 10 percent effective.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu that is blanketing every state except Hawaii is growing more intense and deadly.

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The flu became intense last month in the USA, and the last two weekly reports from the CDC show flu widespread over the entire continental United States, which is unusual.

Usually, flu seasons start to wane after so much activity, but "it's hard to predict", Jernigan said. "Being vaccinated is going to assure to have at least a shorter duration of illness and probably milder flu", said a doctor. In Texas, the influenza outbreak is so severe that a school district north of Dallas, with about 2,000 students canceled classes through Tuesday. Meanwhile, in MS, more than 100 nursing homes have been hard hit by flu outbreaks.

Still, the CDC recommends that all people over the age of five get the shot to reduce the symptoms of the virus.

According to the CDC, people at high risk for flu complications include children younger than five, adults 65 years and older and pregnant women.

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