Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Flu activity high in Louisiana — CDC

Flu activity high in Louisiana — CDC

It's still early in the flu season, but three USA states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity. Flu season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking in February.

The researchers in the new study said that since then, many countries have improved their vital records and flu surveillance systems, enabling more low- to middle-income countries to estimate deaths from the disease.

Beth Lantrip, infection preventionist with Hendrick Medical Center, said that in Public Health Region 2/3 - which includes Abilene - the current Influenza Activity Level is "Local", above "Minimal" and "Sporadic", but below "Regional" and "Widespread".

It's not too late to get the flu shot.

"We recommend that for everyone 6 months and older, if you haven't received your vaccine yet, now is the time to get it", said Shannon Stokley, an associate director for science in the immunization services division at the CDC.

"It is concerning, because we plan for our influenza season based on what's going on in the Southern Hemisphere, but that doesn't necessarily mean that our vaccine's gonna be 10% effective during our season", said Brock.

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If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that flu results in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

While many people contract flu-like illness with fevers of over 100 degrees and sore throats, and recover on their own, getting vaccinated against the disease helps prevent its spread and protects those who can not get vaccinated for medical reasons. "As a community, we need to protect the vulnerable - those at high risk for developing flu-related complications - among us".

But the reason the 2017 shot isn't preventing as many cases of the H3N2 strain is that while scientists were growing the virus in chicken eggs, that strain mutated.

There are 46 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in DE this season since December 2, with 15 people needing hospitalization, according to the DPH.

Common respiratory diseases related to seasonal influenza that can cause death include pneumonia and bronchitis.

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