Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Flu on track to potentially surpass worst seasons — CDC

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Steve Townsend | 03 February, 2018, 03:33

Amid a busy flu season for 49 states, 9News spoke with Baton Rouge doctors about what to do and what not do when treating the flu. In just the last week, the CDC has seen an increase in flu-like activity and more flu-associated deaths in kids and adults. With two confirmed pediatric deaths last week, the total of Florida children who have died of the flu rises to five. But this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the shot has been just 30 percent effective.

Three types of flu are now circulating, with the H3N2 strain being the most severe.

Schuchat added that other strains are spreading too, including B virus and H1N1, and that the vaccine is more effective in beating those back.

Julia Sammons, medical director of the department of infection control and prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said the hospital had seen a sharp increase in flu activity, but not in patients sick enough to stay in the hospital.

In the past, flu seasons have lasted up to 20 weeks, the CDC's Dan Jernigan noted at the briefing.

At Peconic Bay Medical Center, Dr. Alexandre Andrianov said a significant volume of flu patients has come through the emergency room or been admitted to the hospital so far this season.

Individuals are still encouraged to get this year's flu shot. The reason that some people opt against getting the vaccine is because they fear the shot will give them the flu, said Rumpf, which is not true.

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Referring to the Canadian and Australian findings, Skowronski said "neither estimate was significantly different from zero, so we can't rule out the possibility of no protection".

The flu usually occurs suddenly and can cause mild to severe illness and sometimes lead to death. This year's shot is active against the four most common types of flu. The shot may be made up from a part of the flu virus that has been killed and can not infect you, or it may not contain any part of the virus. Influenza B, which tends to peak later in the year than A strains like H3N2, now accounts for a growing number of cases.

US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb also said in statement Thursday that some antivirals as well as flu tests are in short supply.

When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth.

Pharmacists will be on hand Monday to answer questions regarding the flu vaccine and the prevention and treatment of the influenza virus. "We get seasonal flu", she said. Under Governor Cuomo's direction, the Department of Health is working to ensure vaccine availability, maintain health system capacity, and assure access to antivirals.

In Georgia, the flu epidemic has killed 37 people, 25 of whom were 65 or older.

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