CDC: Flu activity increasing nationally

CDC: Flu activity increasing nationally

CDC: Flu activity increasing nationally

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu and complications from it killed 80,000 people - the highest national influenza death toll in 40 years. Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring.

So far this flu season, H1N1 has been the dominant strain, with over 1,100 people having been admitted to hospital in Alberta. The actual number of Canadians who contracted influenza without seeing a health-care provider would be many times higher. "This year, we're not seeing quite the severity or quite the volume of people effected".

Experts say, if you do get sick, it's the advice you probably hear the most that is the most effective in preventing it spreading to others.

Also, according to Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine, and associate professor of behavioral and community health sciences, University of Pittsburgh, flu vaccine rates dropped 40 percent past year, and 79,000 people in the United States died from the flu (the typical number is 23,000). 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. It is now at "widespread", as flu activity remains elevated after rapidly increasing last month.

So far, nearly eight thousand lab confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Missouri. If you do get flu following vaccination, there are a few possible explanations. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

In children, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include trouble breathing, not waking up or not interacting, and flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with a fever and a worse cough. As long as flu is circulating in the area where you live, it is not too late to get vaccinated. There are many benefits to vaccination, including reducing the risk of flu illness, doctor's visits, hospitalization, and even death in children.

In recent years, one of the biggest myths about childhood vaccines was that they can cause autism in children. If people have the attitude that vaccines help them and everyone stay healthy, they are more likely to get vaccinated.

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