Up to 84000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months - CDC

14 January, 2019, 13:55 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Arwin Hosseini receives his first flu shot in Toronto

Flu season typically runs through May.

There has been an increase in flu cases in 30 states, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.

Flu-like symptoms that appear to get better, but then return with a fever and worse cough.

The flu bug has officially spread across the state of Iowa.

While the number of cases has decreased this week, those that were reported are spread out across a wider area. "But it does not look anywhere as severe as past year, " she said. "Some people, such as older adults, young children, pregnant women, nursing home residents, and people with asthma, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, or obesity, are more likely to develop flu-related complications".

And in Saskatchewan, public health officials are pleading with parents to get their children vaccinated after influenza killed three unvaccinated preschoolers in the province. In the past, the CDC has waited until the end of the season to release estimates of how many people have been affected by flu. The CDC says between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized due to the flu, and the overall hospitalization rate is about 9 per 100,000 cases.

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Half those people have been to the doctor because of flu, it says.

Quick treatment can save lives, the CDC said.

Startling new numbers show widespread flu infections across the United States.

If the current strain continues to be the predominant virus, it is what the head of the epidemiology and prevention branch of CDC's flu division expects.

It's certainly within time to still get [the flu vaccine] now.

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