County Officials Recommend Flu Vaccinations As Cases Increase

County Officials Recommend Flu Vaccinations As Cases Increase

The current flu season is "still on the rise", the acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The national spread of the flu is worse than it's been in years, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We don't know if we've hit the peak yet". Demand seems to have picked up in the past month, she continued, adding it's likely because of people learning about how severe this flu season has been. Hospitalization rates and levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) are also elevated, putting this year on pace "to break some recent records", Schuchat said.

This year's dominant flu strain, H3N2, has been blamed for the especially severe season.

This year's flu season has now reached a level that we haven't seen since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and we haven't yet reached the peak.

Schuchat said she hoped more influenza B means better protection from the seasonal flu vaccine. People who develop flu-like symptoms should see a doctor right away. Symptoms can include a sudden onset of fever, dry cough, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat, and nasal congestion or stuffiness.

"The tragic death of a child due to the flu is a reminder of the devastating effects this illness can have on people of all ages", the NYC health department said in a statement.

About 60 hospitalizations for flu-like illnesses per 100,000 people were reported in the latest numbers, according to the CDC.

With the 2018 flu season in full force, the University of West Florida's Student Health Service is recommending students receive their flu vaccinations as quickly as possible. Pharmacies across the country are reporting shortages of Tamiflu antiviral medication and the flu vaccine.

The state, along with the rest of the country, is enduring a hard flu season according to the release, and DHEC stressed on the occurrence of this pediatric death how important it is to get vaccinated against the flu if you haven't already.

More weeks of viral spread could be coming. Additionally, encourage your kids to wash their hands often and to sneeze and cough into the crook of their arm to avoid spreading germs.

"You want to take precautions because some of the strains out there are very detrimental to your health and definitely can be worse case scenarios. pneumonia, secondary infections, complications that way. you really need to take all precautions you can to prevent it", according to Dr. Torrey.

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