United States sees most active flu season since 2009 'swine' pandemic

Student Robert O’Connor poses while blowing his nose. Lucia Rubi Godoy | The Montclarion

Sick with the flu? The flu is widespread in all 49 continental U.S states except Hawaii.

During most flu seasons, older people have been hit the hardest, followed by very young children.

The County reports, as of friday, for the 2017-2018 flu season, 148 confirmed cases of flu and 939 likley cases of flu. And, contrary to popular belief, there's still a lot of time left in flu season. That's more than double the number of dead just a week before, when 12 people had been killed.

Doctors say even if the flu shot isn't as potent, it's better to get one than have nothing at all.

Last week, the flu hit the Hellgate High School wrestling program particularly hard, nearly putting the team in jeopardy of missing the Garden City Duals. Besides that season, the last time that America experienced such a high levels of flu was between the years 2003 and 2004.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a phone call with reporters that the number of people experiencing flu-like symptoms is increasing.

"This year, the baby boomers have really replaced their grandchildren in terms of the rates of hospitalization", Dr. Jernigan says.

The CDC reported what was seen across the nation for the week ending January 20.

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Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the feds to send in a special flu fighting team to help combat the illness's spread in NY. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more a more severe illness in others. "In the past, young children had been the most affected group".

Health officials say flu season could last until May or even June, so it's not too late to get vaccinated. But exactly how well it is working won't be known until next month.

Colleen Fermon, Ipswich's director of public health, said people can still get a flu shot.

Doctors told Channel 2 Action News they think this flu season could last through April, and doctors said you should get the flu shot, for you and your children, if you haven't already done it.

"It tends to make more people sick, particularly older persons", said Dr. Schaffner.

Based on patterns from past seasons, it's likely the flu season will start to wane soon, experts say.

Health officials continue to battle the widespread flu outbreak that's backing up emergency rooms across Southwest Florida. "But I've lost money on bets before". Those who are sick should remain at home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except for medical care or other necessities, and they should also limit contact with others as much as possible. She missed two days of work, and felt bad for about 10 days.

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