CDC: Flu widespread nationwide, but cases down this year in Florida

Ben Davidson
January 14, 2019

Flu is widespread in 30 states, according to the latest data, and the season is expected to last for several more weeks.

The U.S. saw one of the worst flu outbreaks in almost a decade during the 2017-2018 season, with more than 900,000 cases of hospitalizations and over 80,000 deaths, the CDC estimates.

Meanwhile, four people have died of the flu so far this season in IN, according to the state's department of health.

Flu figures only reflect cases in which people sought medical attention and were tested.

Death estimates for adults who contracted the flu are not yet available, but as of late December, the CDC said that about 6% of deaths nationwide were due to influenza or pneumonia.

It's the peak of the flu season and Interior Health is making another push for vaccinations.

Doctors maintain the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves against the flu is to get an annual flu shot.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicates that the flu is now widespread in Indiana.

So far this season, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia have each recorded one death in which the patient had a lab-confirmed case of the flu.

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Since September, PHAC reported 414 children under 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five.

Influenza A is the most common form of the virus circulating in Canada, and the majority of these viruses are H1N1.

"The findings support the importance of pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine, and of prompt treatment with antiviral medications for pregnant women suspected of having influenza", said lead researcher Kim Newsome.

"According to the CDC, we now have a high moderate regional outbreak", said James Frame, an emergency room physician at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center in Sherman.

Previous seasons, including last year's, indicate that while influenza A tends to spike earlier in the season, influenza B is more rampant in the late winter and spring months, Arnold said, "so getting a flu shot is still a good idea". This year - in Saskatchewan at least - he said children with flu symptoms should see a health professional right away.

"So far to date, it feels like we're a little bit below average", Anderson says.

It's certainly within time to still get [the flu vaccine] now.

"This year, we're really seeing an impact in people under the age of 10", Goodison said.

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