Flu season still getting worse; now rivals 2009 swine flu

Flu season still getting worse; now rivals 2009 swine flu

During the 2016-17 season, when the same strain was predominant, 47 influenza-related deaths were reported in New Hampshire, including two involving children.

Influenza-like illness activity is at 7.7 percent breaking the 2003/4 high of 7.6 for a non-pandemic year.

Caused by viruses, flu is a contagious respiratory illness with mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death.

"We recognize that this issue is personal to so many families and that there is a lot of fear and alarm", she said.

'The flu is incredibly hard to predict and we don't know if we've hit the peak yet, ' Dr Schuchat said. Nordlund said. Anytime H3N2 strains are dominant, as they are now, "we tend to see more severe disease more hospitalizations, more deaths".

Although deaths among children - at 63 kids - and adults have not been extremely high, it is possible they could increase in line with hospitalization rates, she said. "It's a little too early to say we're out of the woods or to say that flu is abating".

The Victoria B virus is included in the "three strain" vaccine. The figures were through January 27, according to the most recent weekly report from state health officials.

"The tragic death of a child due to the flu is a reminder of the devastating effects this illness can have on people of all ages", the New York City Health Department said in a statement to ABC News. OR and Hawaii, the exceptions, both recorded regional activity for the fifth week of the year. That ties the highest level seen in the USA during swine flu in 2009.

"She's making all of this progress, but [doctors] keep telling us she is still very ill".

Overall, the data showed 14,094 new laboratory-confirmed cases of illness during the week ending February 3, bringing the season total to 151,983. The H3N2 flu strain is infecting the most patients.

"I wish there was better news this week, but nearly everything we're looking at is bad news", Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news conference Friday. Most children and adults who get sick will recover at home without complications, she said. "The influenza season is far from over, and it is not too late to get the flu shot".

Even though the flu vaccine has low effectiveness against H3N2 viruses, it is more effective against other flu viruses, Schuchat said.

If you don't want to catch the sniffles, here are four ways to travel without getting the bug. Scientists are studying circulating viruses to see whether anything unusual is going on, Schuchat said. The CDC is working with pharmacies, drug producers and others to better distribute the medicines and alleviate spot shortages.

"The commercial supply is there", she said so dipping into the strategic national stockpile is not necessary.

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