Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

More than 6 million already hit by flu, CDC says

Flu taking toll in California, other states, but having milder impact nationwide, data show Flu Now Officially Widespread Across Iowa
Celia Hoffman | 14 January, 2019, 13:54

In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000, according to the CDC.

Meanwhile, four people have died of the flu so far this season in IN, according to the state's department of health.

In Arizona, there have been 4,510 confirmed cases of influenza this season compared to 16,144 past year at this time, and the flu is widespread throughout the state.

About 6 million to 7 million Americans have become ill since flu season kicked off in the fall.

The flu sent at least 13 people to the hospital in the last week.

CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010.

By comparison, there were 195 pediatric hospitalizations over the same period last season.

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And in Saskatchewan, public health officials are pleading with parents to get their children vaccinated after influenza killed three unvaccinated preschoolers in the province. Data presented in FluView allow CDC to track flu activity, but do not provide exact case counts, with the exception of flu-associated pediatric deaths and human infections with novel influenza A viruses, which are nationally notifiable.

As many as 83,500 people have been hospitalized because of flu, federal health officials say.

In New Brunswick, where no children have died with a lab-confirmed diagnosis of influenza, the virus still seems to be targeting a younger demographic than in the last few seasons.

"People get lulled into the idea that [influenza] is not as serious as it can be, especially for those most vulnerable", Dr. Russell said.

The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, though there is still time to get vaccinated.

"I think we could be doing a better job to really raise awareness to say kids between six months to five years old are a high-risk group".

Quick treatment can save lives, the CDC said.

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