Flu season at its worst since 2013


Health officials had earlier warned that this flu season would be particularly bad because the vaccine developed protects against the H1N1 strain, and not the current, circulating strain of H3N2.

That virus caused one of the worst US flu seasons in recent years, 2014-15, when the vaccine was a poor match.

Those numbers are expected to increase in coming weeks, the state department of public health said in a news release Friday.

"We now know that among the eight public districts in the state of Alabama, at least seven of those have hospital capacities that are at 10 percent or less". Bliss should contact their primary care provider.

FOX 5 called several pharmacies in the metro Atlanta Friday, all of which said they were running low on the drugs.

Health officials don't now know how effective this season's vaccines have been.

She said: "People suffering with flu-like symptoms should cough or sneeze into tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu". It is also more hard to vaccinate against; some estimates indicate this year's shot may only be 10 percent effective. Antivirals can shorten the duration and severity of the flu. "Getting vaccinated is not just about protecting yourself, it also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions". "So far, 2014-2015 had more severe indicators at this point in the season". It has reached epidemic levels, which it does every year, Jernigan said. Doctors are not required in Texas to report cases of influenza. That's up from the national baseline of 2.2 percent.

Across the country, there have been a number of pediatric deaths reported, including one child in NY.

One person, who was over the age of 65 died from getting the flu in Middle Georgia.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health reports 1,282 cases of influenza in the first week of January.

"Flu is widespread and elevated in LA County", said Dr. Sharon Balter, director of Acute Communicable Disease Control.

"The flu is really nothing to shake off", said Lia Anderson, a clinical nurse specialist at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in northern Virginia.

Across the globe people are not faring much better, according to the World Health Organization. There have already been 49 outbreaks reported this season.

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