Some Colleges In At Least 12 States Shut Due To Flu Outbreaks

Health officials encourage Albertans to get their 'very effective' flu shot

Health officials encourage Albertans to get their 'very effective' flu shot

Flu season generally lasts into March or even April, Henry adds. "People might also get flu by touching a contaminated surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose".

Further, the Center for Disease Control shows that last flu season, stretching from fall 2017 into spring 2018, almost 200 deaths in Kansas were directly linked to the flu.

"So that's why I think we're seeing this year more younger people represented in the tallies of hospitalizations with H1N1", she said.

A total of 22 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported for the 2018-2019 influenza season, according to CDC. But during this time period in each of the last two years, 23 people under age 65 had died of the flu in the state.

NY state alone has had more than 5,000 confirmed cases this season.

That's the message from B.C.'s top doctor as flu season continues, and this one has hit a bit differently than in years past.

First Alert Day through Wednesday morning
Expect freezing rain through early afternoon, transitioning to snow this afternoon and persisting into the overnight hours. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of under a tenth of an inch are expected.

The H1N1 virus strain is the most widely confirmed influenza A strain this season, however H3 viruses are dominating in the southeastern United States, the CDC reported Friday.

"A vaccine effectiveness of about 70% means for every 10 cases of influenza in unvaccinated people, the number would have been reduced to just three cases if they had been vaccinated", explains Skowronski. This is impossible. The flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus or no flu virus at all, so it can not give you the flu.

Needless to say, many of us prefer to rely on "natural" remedies and avoid any side effects from prescription medicines in any health concern. Even if you do get flu, those who are vaccinated greatly reduce their risk of flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization or death.

GP consultations with flu-like illness and intensive care admission rates remain at similar levels to last week (19.6 from 19.2 per 100,000 in England and 0.54 from 0.55 per 100,000 respectively), while there has been a slight increase in hospital admissions rates from 4.8 to 5.04 per 100,000. People over age 65, children under age 2 and individuals with medical conditions should also get a pneumococcal vaccination to prevent pneumonia, according to the CDC.

Because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines are updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most common circulating flu strains. Flu vaccination also has been shown to reduce severity of illness among people who get vaccinated but still get sick.

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