Flu 'Widespread' in NH, Linked to 10 Adult Deaths

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"However, we are still encouraging people to get that flu vaccine because as I said, the flu vaccine is protective against more than one type of flu".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that this coast-to-coast outbreak is the first one this widespread since the agency started keeping track.

Sadly, he said, there have been several deaths related to Influenza viruses so far this season. "I want people to know how important it is to get a flu shot". "This is not an uncommon infection". The last two are more common in children than adults. Australia - whose experience US public health officials follow closely in making their flu forecasts, in part because Australia's winter is our summer - reported a record-high number of confirmed flu cases in 2017.

The flu is different from a cold, and the CDC website at www.CDC.gov/flu lists information about both illnesses. She said as people stay inside the risk of spreading the viruses increases. But Australia's experience suggests effectiveness was only about 10 percent.

"This is likely to be due to the lack of facilities, antibiotics and vaccines available". Over the last 100 years alone, at least five such pandemics have occurred, including the 1918 H1N1 Spanish Flu, the 1957 H2N2 Asian Flu, the 1968 H3N2 "Hong Kong Flu", the 1977 Russian Flu and the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu.

"She was just in the peak of her life", Oxley said.

Flu 'Widespread' in NH, Linked to 10 Adult Deaths
Flu 'Widespread' in NH, Linked to 10 Adult Deaths

The influenza A strain called H3N2 is making people so ill in California that thousands have shown up at hospitals, and some places are treating them in "surge tents" intended for major disasters. People who become severely ill with flu-like symptoms should seek medical care.

"Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle ache, fatigue, sore throats and coughs".

This led them to discover the elevated risks of death for people during the 2009 Swine flu who were born in 1957 during the H2N2 pandemic.

Bet your lunch on it: flu season is here and it's hitting hard.

And Bergen cautioned these medications are only partly effective, reducing the length of illness by just a day or two.

Ly said after educating patients about the vaccine, they probably get about 75 percent of patients who initially declined to change their mind.

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