February 17, 2018

Massachusetts confirms first child death from flu this year

15 February 2018, 07:21 | Rex Hubbard

Harsh flu season may break records, CDC leader says

Flu killing 4000 every week and is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the US right now - with Tamiflu shortages reported

He said it's important for children vaccinated against the flu, but stopped short of recommending making the flu shot mandatory, like measles mumps and rubella. Schuyler County Public Health actively monitors the flu and flu-like illness in the county each year.

Flu activity across the country has reached new highs compared to other recent severe flu seasons, Schuchat said.

Flu season is bad, and it's not over.

"I wish there were better news this week, but nearly everything we're looking at is bad news", Schuchat said.

"This is a severe flu season, and unfortunately there are no signs that it has peaked yet", said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.

"There was kind of a miss with this year's vaccine", Christmann said.

During the weekend more than 250 Long Islanders formed long lines for flu shots at free clinics hosted in both Nassau and Suffolk, reflecting nationwide concerns about the influenza outbreak that has resulted in the deaths of some children.

"With this year's circulating influenza viruses, people are still able to get partial protection through the vaccine, and some protection is definitely better than none".

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If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.

Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA. The number of flu-related hospitalizations in DE has also doubled, going from 158 this time past year to 398 so far this season.

"I've got to protect my kids", said Rachel Smith. "The ones that we understand are that it is predominantly an H3N2 year - that's one of the four strains of flu that circulates every year".

The study showed that adding thermometer data, which captures clinically relevant symptoms (temperature) likely even before a person goes to the doctor, to simple forecasting models, improved predictions of flu activity.

"The flu is so bad this year for a few reasons we understand and some we don't", said Dr. Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard.

The Centers for Disease Control and prevention, which monitors the influenza virus said the rate of flu-related hospitalizations was approaching the highest amount on record.

Flu A can include H3N2, and it's the strain responsible for more hospital visits and deaths this season.

Individuals infected with the influenza virus typically experience symptoms including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

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