More than 6 million already hit by flu, CDC says

14 January, 2019, 13:57 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Flu taking toll in California, other states, but having milder impact nationwide, data show

Flu season typically runs through May. Compare that to the same time a year ago, and it was about 30 per 100,000 cases. It was the worst flu season in decades.

Officials from the New York State Health Department announced this week that the flu is spreading rapidly throughout the state, with some hospitals reportedly limiting visitation to prevent the spread of the virus.

While states such as California and North Carolina have seen significant numbers of flu-related deaths this season, USA health officials said Friday that the nationwide impact of influenza seems to be milder than last winter.

By comparison, there were 195 pediatric hospitalizations over the same period last season.

There were three influenza-related pediatric deaths reported for the week ending January 5, bringing the 2018-2019 flu season total to 16 - a sharp drop from a year ago when seven deaths were reported for the comparable week, and there had already been 20 deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season.


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. "If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities", the CDC said.

Quick treatment can save lives, the CDC said.

"People get lulled into the idea that [influenza] is not as serious as it can be, especially for those most vulnerable", Dr. Russell said. The organization estimates that flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States and several deaths.

The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, though there is still time to get vaccinated.

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