Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

Expect a Bad Flu Season

"We're having about five times the amount of influenza B pickup during the autumn period in British Columbia than we typically have", she said.

"If this persists, there could be kind of a double-barrelled threat with B/Yamagata and influenza A/H3N2". The newest department of health numbers confirm that flu season is here.

As of November 25, nearly 2,100 lab-confirmed cases had been detected in various parts of the country, of which 84 per cent were influenza A. Those infections resulted in 371 hospitalizations, including 21 ICU admissions, and eight deaths, the report says.

Experts say that 24 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 135.

Final thoughts from the doctors, they said it's still too early to tell if this season's vaccines are fully effective.

Flu season is building momentum in ME, with both outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations on the rise.

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She urged the Ministry of Health and Welfare to put the plan on hold until it has evaluated demand for the vaccines and secured funding to cover the costs of sourcing, delivering and administering them.

And the B strain circulating isn't a Victoria lineage as predicted by the World Health Organization, but a Yamagata known as B/Phuket. Well, not exactly. According to federal government statistics, less than half the adults who should get the influenza vaccine each year actually do so. The nasal spray vaccine that has been available in recent years is no longer considered effective and is not available.

"The vaccine doesn't work as well for H3N2 as we would like, but does work for some and it may provide partial protection". You're less likely to have severe flu.

This season, the CDC advises that only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended.

"But for others, healthy young adults with no comorbidity and no close contacts with such conditions, it's a personal choice".

"Anything that you can do to help prevent your family from getting the flu is very beneficial", said Altmann, who was not involved in the CDC research. "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty.

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