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Flu Season Continues to Worsen, CDC Reports

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Dr Shirley Farrugia general practitioner said this winter brought with it the highest number of flu cases she has seen in 30 years of practice

More than 520 people with flu-like illnesses visited city emergency departments on January 2, the season's peak day so far, according to NYC DOH (compared to roughly 100 a day in August and early September).

But it's incorrect to apply that rate of effectiveness to the flu season in the US, infectious disease experts say.

"There's a lot of misconception out there when we talk influenza", Bonjean said. However, this number doesn't reflect the total number of cases because many people don't see a doctor. The cumulative hospitalization rate is 16.7 per 100,000. Flu vaccination is also critical for people with chronic health conditions. In the current flu season, there have been 17,004 influenza cases (16,528 positive rapid antigen detection tests; 476 lab-confirmed tests) reported. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say nationwide, 10 pediatric deaths related to the flu have been recorded in the last week. She said that while we might crest with the present influx of influenza, it's not abnormal to have a moment wave come through. A 2016 study showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk for hospitalization from the flu by 57 percent.

Moreover, the United States flu season got off to a very early start. When flu does get into a community, typically we see it increasing over the course of about two weeks or so.

Developing an effective flu vaccine is "a game of cat and mouse", according to one of a select group of scientists responsible for determining which flu vaccines will be put into circulation each year.

According to the CDC, people at high risk for flu complications include children younger than five, adults 65 years and older and pregnant women.

The DPH said 14 were associated the influenza A and seven were linked to influenza B.

The United States is in the middle of a particularly nasty flu season, with almost all states reporting high levels of severe flu, and hospitals swamped with cases.

No one at The Fountains has died this flu season because of influenza, Evans said. She said in an October interview with the Daily News that there are "certain variant strains and each year the vaccine is different, based off of what the anticipated flus will be for that season".

Let's be clear, the flu is a risky virus affecting thousands of Americans each year that's proven to be deadly each year.

For those who wish to schedule an appointment for the flu vaccine, contact Marinette County Public Health at 715-732-7687. Health Departments we talked to in the Bay Area said they had plenty of the vaccine available. They added that even if the flu vaccine is not the flawless match this season.

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