CDC: Worst Flu Season In 8 Years

CDC: Worst Flu Season In 8 Years

So far, there has been one pediatric flu-related death reported this season. Nationwide, influenza-related hospital visits have been increasing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said overall hospitalizations this season are at the highest it has ever seen.

While acknowledging that the 2017-2018 flu season has been an especially bad one locally and in Oregon, Yamhill County Public Health officials are reminding people that the worst may be yet to come. "But when that went to the manufacturing plants it went into embryonated chicken eggs, which is how we make flu vaccines, the virus changed", Webby said.

More than 50 children in the US have died from the flu during the 2017-18 season.

Despite the inefficiency of the flu vaccine, the CDC is still urging people to get vaccinated, as it can still lessen the chance of catching the virus by 10% to 60%, potentially saving lives.

Even if the flu shot isn't super effective, it's better to have some protection against the circulating strains than no protection at all.

129 people in Oklahoma have died from the flu since September.


"That coupled with the amount of media happening nationally - we thought it would be good for people to get a sense of what is happening locally", Manfrin wrote.

Flu season typically lasts 11-20 weeks and we are in week 11 now. "We want to let everyone know how unsafe it is for the people around you if you travel/come into contact with people while you are ill".

According to the CDC's latest report, influenza is now considered to be widespread in 48, although OR and Hawaii saw lower activity levels for during the last full week in January. "That means that between the time when the composition of the flu vaccine is recommended and the flu vaccine is delivered, H3N2 viruses are more likely than H1N1 or influenza B viruses to have changed in ways that could impact how well the flu vaccine works".

MDH released its weekly flu report on Thursday. Wash hands frequently and staying home if sick.

The main difference of course between the flu and the common cold are the severity and duration of symptoms.

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