As severe flu season continues, flu shots getting harder to find

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

Only 31% of children age 6 months and older who died had been vaccinated against flu.

The flu is a deadly illness that the public needs to take seriously. As of this week, the number of reported cases of students seen for the flu at the Student Health Center appears to have topped out, Huey says, noting that students who live off campus or were seen by other health care providers are not reflected in his numbers.

"Flu season is not over".

"We may be on track to break some recent records", Schuchat said.

Malas says an effective preventative measure to stop the flu is isolation. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, all states except Hawaii and OR are now experiencing high flu activity, making it seem unavoidable.

"Given that traditional surveillance systems provide data with a lag time of one to two weeks, this means that estimates of future flu activity may actually be improved up to four or five weeks earlier", he added.

Despite this, it's still recommended that people get the flu shot, if only to prevent them from getting the flu a second time after coming down with a case of the H3N2 virus, Schuchat said.

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

It was unclear whether the outbreak had reached its peak yet or if it would get worse, she said.




The flu season is still going strong and there's no end in sight.

The update comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year's brutal flu season now equals the severity of the swine flu pandemic of 2009. Call us, your doctor or your pharmacist to get yours.

Levels of pneumonia and influenza deaths are consistent with similar severe years, she said, but hospitalizations have shown no signs of leveling off yet.

Meanwhile, health officials on Saturday confirmed the third pediatric death of the 2017-2018 flu season in New York City.

Last week, 36 more people in California died of the flu, or six more than the week before. Your likelihood of getting the same flu again is lower - but you can become infected with a different strain.

That's because the dominant strain is Influenza A H3N2.

Vaccine effectiveness numbers for this year's flu season have yet to be released, but experts are already looking at flaws in the vaccination process, and how improvements can be made.

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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