Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Flu season now in full effect

Flu season now in full effect

Children can also have mild stomach upset due to influenza. Several different strains of the flu were responsible for the deaths, including influenza A, influenza B, H1N1, H3N2, or a mix, according to the CDC.

Crystal White Shield knows the toll flu can take. "So it can protect them against that later bump if we do have it this year".

Allison, a kindergartner in Missoula, Montana, loved to dance and to hang out with her big brother, Matt, and her little sister, Daisy.

"Anybody who hasn't been vaccinated should go and get vaccinated", she said. "We were blessed with her life, and we miss her dearly". Her daughter died less than 48 hours after she first had symptoms of the flu.

Hardest hit thus far has been the Southern U.S., covering a ten state sweep from SC all the way to New Mexico and even up to Utah. "We kind of saw a blip a couple weeks ago, and it went down a little bit". So far, there's been minimal to low levels of disease across most of the northern half of the country.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, from the beginning of the flu season in September to now, they've seen 32 people hospitalized with the flu in northeast Wisconsin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the predominant flu strain circulating is not H1N1, which targets children.

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This evaluation, as well as any subsequent recommended changes, occurs every year as experts use available data to anticipate the strains that may emerge, in an effort to make the vaccine as effective as possible, Rock says.

"People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu", he added.

This season started a bit more slowly and it's not picking up as fast as previous year, Brammer said.

Even though flu season is well underway, it's not too late to get the flu vaccine, says Rock.

"The flu shot is recommended generally for everyone over the age of 6 months".

After a slow start, influenza is beginning to take hold across the U.S. The good news is that it's unlikely to be as bad as last season, when nearly 80,000 Americans died. "I think it's probably the single best thing you can do to prevent the flu".

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