Monday, 18 March, 2019

U.S. flu season poised to be milder than last year's

Travelers warned of swine flu risk in Georgia Only Winnipeg region has had more flu cases than Northern Manitoba this season
Delores Daniels | 13 January, 2019, 19:11

As the virus spreads across the state and the country, experts like Dr. Spencer Durham, assistant clinical professor and infectious disease specialist in the Auburn's Harrison School of Pharmacy, say there is still plenty of time to get protected with a flu shot.

"If (this strain) continues to be the predominant virus, that is what we'd expect", Fry said.

Thirty states have reported widespread flu activity, although flu is present in every state.

The latest report from the CDC finds widespread flu activity in 30 states.

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.

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"The system continuously evaluates the predictive power of each independent method and recalibrates how this information should be used to produce improved flu estimates", says Santillana.

About 6 million to 7 million Americans have become ill since flu season kicked off in the fall.

The flu sent at least 13 people to the hospital in the last week. They were sick, they went to a doctor and they got some sort of test to confirm a diagnosis of influenza.

The CDC has no estimate of deaths so far this season, partly because it's so early.

Roughly 70,000 to 80,000 have been hospitalized.

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Pneumonia and influenza deaths this year have so far not reached epidemic, whereas last season's pneumonia and influenza deaths were at or above the epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks.

Because the model is new, CDC researchers said they aren't able to compare those estimates to previous flu seasons.

Gudmundson said the severity of flu in any given year is influenced by several factors, including vaccination rates, people employing proper hand-washing, staying home when sick and the type of flu strains themselves.

Northern Manitoba has been hit hard in the 2018-19 flu season, with 130 influenza cases from September 1 to December 29, second only to Winnipeg which had 210.

In New Brunswick, where no children have died with a lab-confirmed diagnosis of influenza, the virus still seems to be targeting a younger demographic than in the last few seasons.

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