Sounds of sniffling and coughing can be heard across Texas with what could be the worst flu season in the past few years.
Seven children died from the flu last week, bringing the total pediatric flu deaths reported to the CDC this season up to 20. Levine says it's measured by which percentage of patients are at the doctors with flu like symptoms.
It's not too late to get a flu inoculation, CDC officials said this week.
"We are seeing small percentages of them now but the prominent b strain usually is a later appearing strain in the flu season so there is still time to protect that", explained Levine. It comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.
Influenza A can be hard on those who are very young, over 65 or who have existing medical conditions. The flu should typically last about 5 to 10 days with symptoms starting to get better as the week goes on.
The Minnesota Department of Health now officially categorizes the outbreak as as "widespread", with more than 1,765 hospitalizations over the last 12 weeks-more than 10 times the amount from previous year.
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In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed.
"A flu vaccine may not bulletproof you", Safranek said. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky's local health departments, pharmacies and medical providers, and many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.
In the last week, doctors have seen an uptick in flu-related doctors visits while the rate of flu hospitalizations almost doubled.
In Cuyahoga County, there have been two flu-related deaths, including a 70-year-old woman. "What we're seeing this year, the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now".
The federal Centers for Disease Control is recommending vaccines for all persons six months of age and older.
If you're sick, stay home from school or work.