Texas Health Officials Confirm 1155 Flu-Related Deaths

Close up of doctor giving an injection to a patient

Close up of doctor giving an injection to a patient

However, flu can be risky and even healthy people can sometimes experience serious complications. "We still have weeks of high flu activity left". "If you have not done so already, get the flu vaccine - it's not too late".

Professor Paul Cosford, Public Health England's (PHE) medical director, said: "Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu". Despite the shot being less effective this year, you should still get it.

"Flu season" starts as early as October and typically extends through May.

The physician said children are more susceptible to get the flu virus.

While the flu can cause complications, the CDC reports that most individuals infected with influenza report mild illness and recover in less than two weeks. "The vaccine may not completely prevent the flu".

In 2014-15 and in 2012-13, both H3N2 seasons, the peak came at the beginning of the year and then fell off rapidly after that, compared to seasons where it happened a month or two later and were much less severe, according to CDC data. That strain typically causes more severe flu seasons and flu is now widespread across the continental USA and Alaska, the CDC reported in last week's FluView.

-Flu season is underway in SLO County.

The Florida Department of Health notes that "more outbreaks have been reported so far this season than in previous seasons at this time, which may be an indication of a more severe influenza season". The flu vaccine is made to protect against the flu viruses that...will likely be most common during the season.

Masks aren't particularly effective in keeping you from catching the flu, although they may help keep sick people who wear them from spreading their germs.

Despite a lack of certainty, health officials generally agree that the best way to protect a population is for as many people as possible to get the shot and participate in what scientists call "herd immunity".

A season total of nearly 31,000 cases were reported to the Department of Health and Senior Services through the first week of 2018, the last statistics available.

Johnson also said to avoid contact with sick people, wash your hands regularly with soap and water, disinfect surfaces and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Local pediatricians offices are swamped with concerned parents whose children either have the flu or flu-like symptoms.

Flu will make you feel poorly, but if you're having trouble breathing, if you are sensing any irregularities in your heart - those are signs that you need to contact your health care provider. The CDC requires counties and states to report flu deaths only among residents age 18 and younger, and many locations, from Los Angeles to Chicago, do not include full age break downs of deaths in their weekly reports as San Diego does.

People who are in high-risk groups, or people who could spread influenza to those vulnerable groups, are still being encouraged to get their influenza shot.

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