Flu Season On Pace To Reach Highest Number Of Hospitalizations

Faith Castro
Февраля 15, 2018

Alicia Budd, an epidemiologist in the Influenza Division of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, provided the latest update on flu activity for clinicians last week, using data based on the most recent report for week 4, ending on January 27. She's sees the flu epidemic in the office and on the home front.

With all this information swirling, it's understandable people might be concerned.

In response to the alarming number of flu cases, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the state health commissioner Thursday to authorize emergency funding to New York's 62 counties, with the flu season typically being over by the end of May.

"2009 was a pandemic".

Edwards said important lessons from the new study are that flu vaccination coverage in children must be improved, as does maternal vaccination, given that only one-third of pregnant women are immunized against flu in the recent season. "It's like comparing apples and oranges".

There are four types of influenza viruses: A, B, C and D. Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease nearly every winter in the United States. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to hospitalization or death. People with the flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. It was responsible for more deaths than World War I which was happening at the same time.

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What is the difference between a cold and the flu? Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, getting enough sleep every night and avoiding tobacco products will also work to help keep healthy. The lack of sunlight also means less UV which kills viruses.

Malas is happy to help any student looking for guidance during this intense flu season.

Although he's had the flu in the past, Waterhouse said this year's sickness was strong enough to defeat his "iron stomach". "That's a signal of how very intense this flu season has been". B strains accounted for 30% of tested viruses last week. "It headed toward a peak during the holidays when everybody was congregated and off work".

Some vaccines have two types of influenza A and one type of influenza B, and a newer quadravalent vaccine has two types of each. "However, some protection is better than none", Dr. Schuchat said. The number for that week is expected to rise more reports are sent to the agency.

Across the country, almost all influenza A cases were of the H3N2 strain, most subtypes of which contain genes from human, swine and bird flu lineages. The vaccine is about 30% effective against H3N2, according to the CDC.

To build a vaccine, scientists grow influenza in eggs or cell culture that they predict will match the influenza in the wild.

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