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Study shows youngest kids most at risk of flu death

15 February 2018, 07:21 | Lucy Hill

Harsh flu season may break records, CDC leader says

Flu killing 4000 every week and is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths in the US right now - with Tamiflu shortages reported

If you had the flu already this year and think you have paid your dues.you could still get it again.

In comparison, in 2017, Emory's Student Health Services saw 27 cases of flu or flu-like illness from January 1 through mid-February.

All the reports from Pennsylvania's labs, hospital emergency departments and medical providers indicate the flu decreased slightly from past weeks, according to the state Health Department's weekly flu report.

The flu can be especially unsafe for those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, sick or very young. Biology professor Dr. Benjamin Christmann said it is largely thanks to how the prevalent strain has changed beyond the vaccine. "I'd rather look insane and take these extra measures than wind up in the ER or on the news".

Sadly, all five pediatric flu deaths reported in Florida to date this year were in unvaccinated children.

"The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia & influenza is 10.1 percent this week".

Bellone: "We ask residents to obtain immunization against the flu to protect not only themselves but others".

Hong Kong health officials could introduce flu vaccines intended for the southern hemisphere in light of the city's flu vaccine shortage this year, with private doctors saying they had no more of the immunity-fighting substance for their patients.

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Patsy Malas, Campus Nurse, says the most important thing to know is that the flu is most contagious during the 24 hours after all symptoms have cleared.

Although he's had the flu in the past, Waterhouse said this year's sickness was strong enough to defeat his "iron stomach".

The season has been dominated by the H3N2 flu strain, which usually is more virulent, but the virus itself doesn't seem to be much different from previous H3N2 strains.

As is the case every season, this year's influenza vaccine formulation has coverage of strains of both type A and B influenza. She is one of 63 children who has died from the virus so far this year, compared to 20 at this point last year.

"While we have had some cases of the flu, we really have been able to contain those cases. which is really a testament to our staff and to people in the community, who, if they don't feel well, they're staying home", said Dr. Andi Shane.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about the flu.

She explained this season has been so brutal, because the H3N2 strain circulating tends to cause more severe illness.

The flu epidemic remains widespread in almost all states, and experts say it could be a record-breaking season. Symptoms can include fever, congestion, cough, sore throat and body aches.

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