First Pediatric Flu Related Death of Season in NYC

First Pediatric Flu Related Death of Season in NYC

Flu Activity Is Low -- For Now

Based on its modeling estimates, flu sickened 48.8 million people and resulted in 22.7 million clinic visits, 959,000 hospitalizations, and 79,400 deaths. The CDC estimates that the flu sickened 49 million, hospitalized almost 1 million and killed 79,000.

960,000 people were hospitalized, more than the total number of staffed hospital beds in the United States. If you are pregnant, the flu is more risky for you.

Influenza A viruses have predominated in the United States since the beginning of July 2018. Vaccines are also less effective against H3N2.

Last year, flu activity started its rise in November and remained at high levels for several weeks into the first part of 2018. She is chief of the epidemiology and prevention branch in the CDC's influenza division.

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Influenza is a highly contagious viral illness that is particularly risky for young children, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions and elderly people. Flu activity in the southern hemisphere can often predict what Americans might expect.

Despite continued warnings and reminders, the health department said that not enough New Yorkers are getting vaccinated.

It's too early to know whether people are "still carrying that around in ther minds", he said. That reflects data covering four flu seasons, stretching from 2010 to 2014. Kentucky now is reporting 28 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu and one influenza-related death.

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Although this flu season is off to a slow start, USA health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated now.

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So, she added, "Getting the flu vaccine every year is the single best way to protect against the flu". New research shows there is a connection between the flu and heart attacks, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine."We found that you're six times more likely to have a heart attack during the week after being diagnosed with influenza", study author Dr. Jeff Kwong, an epidemiologist and family physician with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario in Canada, told National Public Radio.Heart attack?An influenza infection involves a great deal of inflammation in the body, said Dr. Anil Ranginani, a cardiologist with Howard Community Regional Health in Kokomo.

The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated against flu by the end of October. They show a severe influenza epidemic hit just as fewer Americans got the vaccine.

First, flu vaccines can not cause the flu. That includes identifying and addressing any questions or concerns in plain and understandable language.

The flu season runs from October-May, and people can continue to be vaccinated throughout the course of the flu season. However, ACIP recommends that FluMist once again be an option for vaccination during the 2018-2019 influenza season for persons for whom it is age-appropriate and who have no medical contraindications. It can reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu symptoms after one dose, FDA officials said. This is deeply concerning, considering how easy and low-priced it is to get a flu shot. The drug works by slowing down the replication of the virus in the body.

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