CDC: Flu activity high in Louisiana

Murrieta child dies of flu-related complications

Murrieta child dies of flu-related complications

Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers reported a significant increase in the number of diagnosed influenza cases this flu season. Her advice includes the CDC recommendation to get a flu shot, but she also adheres to low-tech techniques of contagious disease prevention: "good hand-washing techniques, teaching kids not to share their germs, staying home when you're sick and disinfecting common surfaces", she said. Pregnant women are also encouraged to get vaccinated as it reduces the chances of flu-associated acute respiratory infections by 50 percent and newborns of mothers who received vaccination were 33 percent less likely to get sick with influenza.

One influenza-associated pediatric death has been reported so far this season in Texas. Earlier projections from the World Health Organization's earlier projections of deaths from seasonal flu - 250,000 to 500,000 per year - "are outdated", according to the study published Wednesday in The Lancet.

The most recent data out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health shows that flu activity is twice as prevalent now as it was at this time previous year. They consider findings from recent influenza respiratory mortality studies, including by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sometimes, more cases of Type B flu viruses will emerge later in the season, Caldas said.

Since November 1, SSM Health in St. Louis reports its hospitals and outpatient centers saw 193 positive influenza tests among patients, with approximately one-third of those cases occurring from November 26 through December 2.

"The Health Department believes regardless of the effectiveness of the vaccine, you still receive protection from vaccine", Oeding said. Roughly 40 percent of the USA population opts for the vaccine every year, and the CDC estimates it prevents about 5 million flu cases annually across the country.

As the vaccine for this year's northern hemisphere flu season is the same, that could mean the season may be especially severe.

Young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk of serious health problems related to the flu. 35 patients have been hospitalized in the county, according to the Tulsa Health Department's Leanne Stephens.

To fight the flu, the CDC and local health department recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and taking flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

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