Health professionals warn against false flu-related articles

Health professionals warn against false flu-related articles

One pediatric death has been reported in Mississippi.

About half of the children who died from the flu this season were healthy and did not suffer from pre-existing conditions like asthma.

"We are seeing quite a bit of flu activity", said Murti, "and it is a reminder that flu is a severe illness". That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

To help boost these rates, UCSB Student Health offers flu vaccination clinics. People may also be infected with the flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Experts had thought this season might be bad, but its intensity has surprised most everyone.

"The H3N2 is the freight train I was telling you about", he said.

She also suggests recognizing the "bubble" - staying 3 feet away from someone with the flu. There were 76 deaths recorded in Kentucky last flu season.

Nine people died of the flu in Allegheny County during the 2016-17 season - which generally begins in October and peaks between December and March, state and county health data show.

With the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine only being around 10 percent this flu season, it is very concerning to have a rapid flu test not register the flu, especially in children, where the flu can quickly turn fatal if not detected early enough.

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There are some indications flu epidemic is peaking in the West. The past five seasons have averaged about 16 weeks, with the longest lasting 20 weeks. But so far it hasn't worked out that way. You'd have to do the studies that say when did that individual get vaccinated with what type of vaccine.

And there still may be more to come, the CDC is warning.

Alma McDaniel, MD from CHRISTUS SPOHN, says "actually not so much this year because of the strain of flu that is predominant so far, according to the CDC".

Influenza cases have risen sharply across the nation and remains widespread in 49 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Friday's report covers the week ending January 27.

Children under 6 months of age with flu symptoms should be evaluated by a physician.

"The vaccine is still recommended because the cross-benefit gives some protection against the other strains as well", Ahmed said. "That's been pretty effective for most", Johnson said.

A major problem is that the vaccine this year has only been about 30 percent effective and some strains of the flu are mutating, making the vaccine less effective.

There seems to be no end in sight for the current flu season which has touched every part of the country, and right here in New Jersey. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it.

Still, there are easy ways for people to minimize their risk of catching the flu this year.

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