Friday, 22 June, 2018

Severe Flu Cases Still Rising: CDC

With flu hospitalizations up again, MGH turns to Gatorade in place of IVs CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries: report
Becky Salazar | 23 January, 2018, 02:29

Under the contingency plan, 37 percent or more than 13,000 CDC staff would be retained.

"I think the simplest way to describe it is that the flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now", Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's Influenza Division, said.

What's more, the plan said that in order "to continue ongoing influenza surveillance, the CDC would collect data being reported by states, hospitals, and others". According to a new study, it was revealed influenza virus, commonly known as flu, can be transmitted through breathing, against all notions of contamination by exposure to droplets from coughs and sneezes. In Mississippi, flu outbreaks have hit more than 100 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Complications can vary from pneumonia to organ failure, so treat every flu like a serious condition.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka also is restricting young visitors, although that's standard procedure for the hospital during heavy flu seasons.

The study demonstrated that full flu vaccination offers statistically significant protection in three of the four flu seasons.

Despite the shot being less effective this year, you should still get it - so if you do get the flu, it won't be as severe.

The chart above shows us a peak in the somewhat last week of 2017, and then the fraction of listed cases seemed to be decline. The elderly, young children, and those with underlying health problems should be monitored carefully for complications. Even when flu vaccine does not prevent illness, it still lessens the severity and shortens the duration of the flu, health officials said.

With the flu, expect to experience your symptoms for a longer period of time, and often more severely. "Ten years of health", Nico's mother told TIME last week. How well the flu shot works depends on how accurate the prediction is.

Hospitalizations for the flu in Livingston County have been predominately among those aged 65 and older. Thirty-two states reported high patient traffic last week, up from 26 the previous week.

Children are considered highly vulnerable to the disease. Since October, 21 pediatric deaths have been attributed to Influenza A (including H1N1 and H3N2) and nine deaths have been attributed to Influenza B.

According to health experts, the country is seeing more of the H3N2 flu strain, which is known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths.

The flu symptoms include sudden onset, fever, chills, headache, muscle or body aches, cough, congestion, fatigue and a little bit of throat discomfort.

Researchers with university of California at Berkely (UC Berkeley) and San Jose State University detailed their findings about the alarming easy way of flu spreading by breathing in a paper of their study, which were carried in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Thursday. Two antiviral medications, oseltamivir (brand name Tamiflu) and zanamivir (brand name Relenza) are approved for children.

During this year's flu season in Australia, the vaccine was only 10 percent effective.

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