Danuta Skowronski, the lead researcher for the influenza team at the BCCDC, explains that although viruses are very hard to predict, researchers were anticipating and ready for an H1N1-dominant season. A health care provider can help people know what vaccinations they need and when to get them. Even when the sun is out and the weather starts warming up, the virus is on the move. "Don't be deceived by the weather".
Brunswick County Health Services will begin offering flu vaccines on October 1.
The flu season in Iowa this season is widespread, meaning "there's a fair amount of activity", Pedati said.
One of the biggest mistakes that many of us make is to think that the flu is just a bad cold.
Almost 150 Calgarians had been hospitalized due to the flu as of last Saturday and 25 Albertans have died.
A total of 22 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported for the 2018-2019 influenza season, according to CDC. The cumulative number of reported influenza outbreaks through the state increased from 11 to 42.
If you suspect that you have the flu, Adalja recommends visiting your doctor ASAP.
"If you're vaccinated, you have a 72 percent lower chance of getting the flu". The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu was 7.2%, which is slightly higher than the usual threshold of 7.1 percent for this time of year, the CDC said, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
According to the statewide report, a strain of Influenza A is the predominant circulating strain in Nebraska.
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School absences were also up.
In northern Alabama, at least three school systems are closing temporarily due to the flu.
"The flu vaccine is always good to get every season", McConnell said.
"We know that younger people, especially kids, have been affected a lot by this strain of influenza and that's been across the country", Dr. Hu says.
Parents should consult their healthcare provider if their child has a fever, fatigue or generally isn't feeling well, Warner said.
Coughing, sneezing, and body aches are all signs of the flu.
There have been seven outbreaks in long-term care facilities investigated and seven schools across the state reported more than 10 percent absenteeism due to illness since the start of the flu season on August 30. Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
The mid-season vaccine efficacy estimate was only 20 per cent previous year during the H3N2-dominant flu epidemic, the study said. South Heartland District Health Department can answer questions about where to go to be vaccinated if a local provider isn't accessible.
"She could have stopped breathing", she said. "It's not something to take lightly".