No local concerns over USA flu cases

No local concerns over USA flu cases

Of those, two-thirds of the hospitalizations have involved residents over the age of 65, with multiple outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

Not at all, experts said.

"Recently, in the past two weeks, we've seen more numbers of cases", said Dr. Jignesh Modi an infectious disease specialist at HSHS St. Mary's Hospital. Seventy of 75 counties in Arkansas have reported influenza cases.

Two weeks since the state health commissioner declared flu prevalent in NY, reports of the serious virus has spiked significantly, with rates of illness in the Capital Region among the highest in the state.

Her team has already shown monkeys that got the new DNA vaccine were protected even from mutated strains of the flu.

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was two percent for the week ending December 9, below the epidemic threshold of 6.8 percent for that week, said the CDC.

Visitors with influenza-like illnesses, fever or cough.

Schaffner said, "No matter what the dominant strain is, there are other strains out there that produce influenza and the vaccine is often very good at protecting against those".

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"It's a more active flu season than we saw a year ago".

The Alabama Department of Public Health said Friday that flu activity is picking up for the season and urged people to get vaccinated.

Something similar happened a few years ago.

The other sign that this flu season could be a more serious one: The predominant strain is also the nastiest, H3N2, which causes the worst outbreaks of the two influenza A viruses and two types of influenza B viruses that circulate among people. And at least twelve children have died from catching the flu this season. In addition, the vaccine included DNA for a protein that is highly conserved and, thus, shared across different strains of virus.

Obviously, try to avoid close contact with those who are sick.

In the last seven days alone 1,111 people have been hit by flu - a shocking increase of 156%.

"These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby", the CDC reports. Additionally, everyone should keep in mind to thoroughly wash their hands throughout the day, avoid touching their face area and other orifices without reason, and to stay warm in colder weather to prevent the virus from replicating more quickly.

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