USA states report widespread flu

State officials report first child flu death in North Carolina of this season

State officials report first child flu death in North Carolina of this season

The CDC also pointed out that flu shots are advisable to fight off influenza B and influenza A (H1N1).

The flu season has already hit the US hard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say, with dozens of states reporting rising numbers of doctor visits for flu-like symptoms.

Peak flu season in the U.S.is typically around February. "The strain that we're seeing right now-Type A, H3N2-could be replaced by another strain at any time, which translates to more complications and more hospitalizations".

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told CNN previously that "when we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely".

This year's vaccine isn't as effective as usual, but it can still prevent you from getting some versions of the flu.

The health department said people should request the "quadrivalent vaccine" that protects against four strains of flu. "So far this year, in the state of Texas, more than 50% of all tests for flu were positive." said Anton. It is the only version that protects against the Type B/Yamagata flu strain which is now circulating in Alabama. "H3N2 viruses continue to predominate". Even if people who have gotten the immunization contract the flu, it can still help reduce the severity of the symptoms.

The authors of a New England Journal of Medicine perspective piece published in November said that everyone should receive a vaccine, no matter its shortcomings, especially with a potentially severe flu season in store. Rush began seeing an uptick in flu-related hospital admissions a few weeks ago, according to Segreti, with older adults making up the majority of those cases. The name, age, address, and gender of the child are not disclosed to the public.

The last year with early widespread cases of flu, similar to this year, was 2014-2015.

In California alone, Montrose's Adventist Health Urgent Care has seen the amount of patients with flu-like symptoms double compared to a year ago at the same time, with a lot of them testing positive for the virus. The main thing for people to remember is the best way to treat the flu is to treat the symptoms: fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue - some may also experience nausea.

Not at all, experts said. In fact, it's best if you remain at home and away from others for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks so you don't infect people who are well. Sick people can also cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue and wash their hands frequently, preferably with soap and water, and take antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, if they are prescribed by your doctor.

The masks and hand sanitizer are available at the entrances of the buildings, according to the Facebook post.

"It's not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this serious disease".

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