While Florida is not yet among the nine states the U.S. Center for Disease Control now reports with a "high-concern" level of flu and flu-like activity, this year's flu strains have resulted in an anomaly in hospitalizations: The highest hospitalization rate is among children younger than 5.
CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018. She said she's seen more people coming in to get flu shots this year compared to last, and she thinks that's because flu season was so bad last year.
This flu season, which started September 1, is an H1N1 season, and Shahab said health officials are seeing higher rates of the illness among children under the age of five now than in H3N2 seasons.
The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which officials say tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain that circulated last season.
Shots are still available at the White County Health Department (for $25, but if you have insurance it's usually free).
A "universal" influenza vaccine producer announced additional good news regarding the Phase IIb viral challenge Study for FLU-v (FLU-v004).
The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County coroner's office said this week that the child died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
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Thomas shared the flu shot is comprised of what flu strands were circulating the year prior. Get a flu shot.
Flu season is back again and cases have went from local to regional within the state. Most of the deaths occurred in patients who were over the age of 65.
"This particular virus is a match to the strain contained in this year's influenza vaccine", Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, told CTV News.
"The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you're protecting others around you too", Price said.
The 15-64 age group have suffered the most, said the HSE, which predicts flu in children will increase since schools have returned after Christmas.
Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and cough.
He is also encouraging parents with children six months and older to get their children immunized, and urging women who are pregnant to be vaccinated, since this provides some protection for newborns who are not old enough to get the vaccine themselves. This season's batch, moreover, is being touted as much more effective than last year's. So far, the current vaccine appears to have worked well in that region and is performing better than last year's vaccine. The flu, on the other hand, is caused by the influenza virus.