Flu cases on the rise; H1N1 most prevalent strain

State Sees Uptick in Influenza Cases

According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, flu-like illness in the state has reached more than 2 percent and local transmission has increased.

So far, there are five related flu deaths, compared to 12 at this point a year ago. "And in people who had exposure with this other virus, the A/California didn't work as well as the A/Michigan, and that's why we now have a MI virus in the vaccine".

But that's not to say flu hospitalizations will remain low for the remainder of the year. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people. Arkansas recorded 227 deaths last flu season, which was the most on record for the past three decades. Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia.

Widespread influenza activity was reported in 36 states.

The CDC's "flu view" map is based on outpatient visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness.

The number of flu cases to date this season (1,457) is comparable to the number of cases at the same time last season (1,411).

Influenza activity is considered moderate as the USA enters the peak of flu season. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus. Several different strains of the flu were responsible for the deaths, including influenza A, influenza B, H1N1, H3N2, or a mix, according to the CDC. This year's vaccine is well matched to the circulating strains of flu and a lot of vaccine is available, Brammer added. The flu vaccine lowers your chances of getting the flu and can lessen the severity of symptoms if you do fall ill.

Getting a flu shot should be at the top of the list for those at high risk for flu, including the elderly and people with heart disease or lung disease and pregnant women.

The state health department also says they are receiving reports of flu outbreaks at nursing homes.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

A 65-year-old male, a 73-year-old male and a 77-year-old female fell victim to the virus and related complications.

"We know right now we are going up, we just don't know when it will start coming back down", she said in a telephone interview.

Single-week numbers of laboratory-confirmed flu cases have started to increase in DE, as well. You can get a vaccine at any time, but officials recommend getting it as soon as possible. In addition to shortening symptoms, Monto said, it appears it may reduce your ability to transmit the flu to others.

"They visit us every time they're sick, and we get samples, and we find out when they're vaccinated".

Individuals can protect themselves from the flu by washing hands often, using alcohol-based sanitizer, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth and avoiding crowds.

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