Severe flu season slams all but one state — CDC

Eight more flu-related deaths reported in Iowa this week

Eight more flu-related deaths reported in Iowa this week

Even though we're at the peak, we likely have 11 to 13 more weeks left in the flu season.

"The flu virus changed, it mutated".

The infection could also lead to pneumonia and other complications, which is specific to Aussie flu, said pharmacist and Jakemans expert Marvin Munzu. It usually doesn't start until mid-January, but this year, we started seeing cases around November. "Everywhere from babies to elderly are getting it".

Aussie flu is a mutated form of the influenza A H3N2 virus, said Munzu.

This means local emergency medical services - including emergency rooms and ambulances - have been stretched to near capacity over the past week.

While cases of influenza are not reportable, influenza-related deaths are reported to IDPH.

"Alabama is experiencing widespread influenza (flu) activity, and hospitals are at or over normal patient capacity due in large part to the number of patients presenting with seasonal influenza-like symptoms", ADPH said.

In the past week, the CDC has seen a spike in flu-related visits to doctors' offices that report to the CDC.

Right now, the state is seeing 5,000 flu cases a week, according to Grey.

Dr. Harkins says covering your mouth when you cough with the inner-side of your elbow and washing your hands are good ways to prevent spreading the virus.

"It's a germ convention certainly when students come back", she says, "and during the holidays there's a lot of travel across the country even, out of the country". "Drink lots and lots of water and treat the symptoms - Tylenol, Motrin - for fever".

Officials made the decision to review the deaths "because this flu season is so impactful", McDowell said, and officials are trying to monitor the situation.

The H1N1 component of 2017-2018 flu vaccines was updated.

The number of deaths in CT increased to 15 from a reported five people earlier this week. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay.

Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

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