CDC considers flu widespread in Alabama

CDC considers flu widespread in Alabama

CDC considers flu widespread in Alabama

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 people died nationwide last flu season from the illness, which was the highest death toll in at least four decades.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018.

It takes about two weeks for your body to build up immunity after getting vaccinated, but if you receive the shot now, you'll still be protected for most of the flu season, which runs through May (usually peaking in February).

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which officials say tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain that circulated last season. Kling said it's most common in children, which fits with what the health authority is seeing in patients, and causes the same symptoms as typical flu strains; extreme fatigue, fever, headaches, muscle aches and sometimes a sore throat or cough.

The vaccine won't prevent 100 percent of flu cases, but it can significantly decrease your chances of getting the flu-by as much as 30, 40, 50 percent or more.

The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County coroner's office said this week that the child died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

If you get the flu, your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu symptoms.

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year.

Schlueter mentioned he didn't know whether or not the 3-year-old had gotten a flu shot, however, pointed to the CDC's pointers on the difficulty.

"H1N1 Is the dominant strain this year", Island Health spokesperson Meribeth Burton told Victoria Buzz. If not, it isn't too late. However, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people suffering with certain diseases are most at risk.

Dr. Siiri Bennett, state epidemiologist at the Maine CDC, said that flu season is unpredictable, and can peak at any time.

Twelve-year-old Quinton Kequahtooway, for example, is very lucky to be alive.

Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago. But in 2014-15, 974 Mainers reported a positive flu test.

"They believe we have already peaked", said Burton.

The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.

She's the second little one to have died from flu-associated issues in Kane County over the past year.

Lee also said flu cases are picking up throughout the country.

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