CDC: Severe flu season slams all but one state

CDC: Severe flu season slams all but one state

Iowa health officials have reported eight more influenza-related deaths, bringing the state total to 14 since October 1st.

The most common strain circulating this year is the H3N2 influenza A, which tends to hit the youngest and oldest people the hardest.

It is not too late to benefit from a flu shot this season.

"An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick and spreading it to others", officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

Those in high-risk groups, including older adults, pregnant women and children, should be especially cautious in the midst of Dallas County's deadly outbreak, said Dr. Christopher Perkins, the county's medical director.

The state agency reported that over the past week, cases of influenza rose by 37%, and new cases of influenza were reported in 61 of 62 counties.


"I think one of the biggest reasons we are seeing some of the young people dying is because they're being misdiagnosed", Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News senior managing health editor, said.

Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than flawless.

The review included people over the age of 65, McDowell said. More than half of those patients have been diagnosed with influenza, Central Health said Friday.

We have seen an increase in the number of hospital visits around the state. "We think we have likely peaked we will know better in a couple of weeks when the lab reports from the holiday season".

The shots will be distributed on a first-come basis, while supplies last, at its community clinics, officials said.

While data fluctuate on how many Americans die annually from the flu, during the 2012 to 2013 flu season an estimated 56,000 people died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors advise everyone to: cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, stay at home when you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, and wash your hands as frequently as possible. Since then, emergency rooms have been crowded with long wait times, and patients have struggled to get doctor appointments as well as flu medications.

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