Flu still on the rise in Erie County, causing severe illness, hospitalizations

The grandmother-of-13 is from Fort Worth Texas- an area that has been hit particularly hard this season with more than 20 deaths

Sandra Breeding, a nurse practitioner at the Fayette County Health Department, says that we'll probably see the flu in to April. "It seems to be a little more intense this year". Majority had underlying conditions such as heart, lung or immune system problems. That brought the number of deaths to 163 statewide, but doesn't include those who are 65 years old or older, according to the latest data released by the California Department of Public Health.

She says that since we are all involved in a Christian community, we need to think about the well-being of others. Hawaii and OR reported regional flu activity; Washington, D.C., and Gaum reported local influenza; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported sporadic activity for the week.

When should you seek immediate medical attention? .

Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. Malas is an advocate of the flu shot.

"Reality is, no, it's not ideal", she said.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is reminding Hoosiers that influenza activity continues to be high and widespread across Indiana and is urging people to take precautions against the illness, which has claimed 167 Indiana lives so far this flu season.

The CDC tracks pediatric flu deaths closely.

Health officials say the influenza vaccine, although not 100 percent effective, is the best way to prevent the flu.

Laboratory detections of influenza B were at similar levels with influenza A, and both were implicated in institutional outbreaks, such as in retirement homes or schools. Hospitalizations for flu in the United States are now significantly higher than what were seen for this time of year since the CDC began tracking the data in 2010.

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He says the vaccine isn't ideal and there's always an educated guess when it comes to making up the flu vaccine for that season.

The flu vaccine is also more effective against influenza B which tends to peak later in the season. "I wish there was better news this week, but nearly everything we're looking at is bad news", Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a news conference Friday.

"The flu is highly contagious and can cause serious respiratory illness".

The 1918 pandemic infect about one-third of the world's population and killed five percent of the people on the Earth. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

Statistics like this haven't been seen since the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

It's not too late for people to get the flu shot, officials said.

February is the peak month for the deadly illness - while flu season typically starts up in December.

Since the flu season began in October, there have been 3,864 confirmed cases in Nassau compared with 2,229 for the same period a year ago.

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