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Flu Activity on Decline, But Remains High Overall — CDC

Flu Activity on Decline, But Remains High Overall — CDC”

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five percent of doctor's visits last week were for flu symptoms, the lowest total in the last eight weeks.

Statewide, flu has dropped from widespread to regional and the percentage of flu-like illnesses decreased from 11.11 percent to 8.53 percent. "There's still time for illnesses and viruses to circulate". "Among the repository viruses we see each year, the flu has the largest impact", he said.

"It's still not too late for people to get their influenza vaccine", she said.

Puerto Rico, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin all experienced moderate activity. Well, this sets a mark for the season of flu that is actually hard to talk about.

"The positive news is that we appear to be past the peak of the flu season".

"It's just one of those continuing questions with influenza", Schuchat said.

USA health officials said Friday that the flu season apparently peaked in early February and has been falling since then.

"If people haven't been convinced by what they've seen so far this flu season, I don't know what will convince them", Morrow said. The number surpasses the 110 pediatric flu deaths reported for the 2016-17 flu season. Overall, cumulative hospitalization rates so far have reached 81.7 per 100,000 people in the United States, and have been the highest since 2010. Children under the age of 5, and especially those younger than 2, as well as people who are 65 and older are more likely to develop complications from flu.

Demand for a universal vaccine escalated this year as the nation struggled through the worst flu season in 10 years. "The h3n2 strain didn't match quite as well with the vaccine", Morrow said. By comparison, the state reported 59 flu-related deaths in the 2015-16 flu season.

The most common complication from the flu that can lead to death is a bacterial infection of the lungs, or bacterial pneumonia.

Flu is losing traction in some U.S. states.

"There are no legally marketed over-the-counter drugs to prevent or cure the flu", Gottlieb said. That figure includes a patient Edmundson once treated.

The FDA is also warning against buying Tamiflu from online pharmacies at reduced prices or without a prescription.

"The FDA advises consumers to avoid purchasing products making such claims", Gottlieb said. More than 110 children get died after getting diagnosed with influenza.

This has been one of the toughest flu seasons in years, as 105 people have died so far in CT.

But flu season isn't over.

"We expect a mixed season". However, the company says that a new clinical trial they conducted with a revamped formulation of FluMist performed "significantly better" than its previous version.

Edward Belongia, a senior epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin who has studied flu vaccine effectiveness, found that the combined vaccine effectiveness during H3N2 seasons was 33 percent. That's according to health officials with more people being diagnosed everyday in the Mid-South.

For instance, the vaccine is 67 percent effective against the H1N1 flu, which was the 2009 pandemic flu and is still around.

"We could have another cycle come through", said Michael Anthony "Tony" Moody, chief medical officer of Duke University's Vaccine Institute.



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