9.7 percent of deaths that occured in the U.S during the end of jan Flu season and it will get more worse

9.7 percent of deaths that occured in the U.S during the end of jan Flu season and it will get more worse

The devastating 2018 flu season keeps getting worse,according to the latest weekly update from the centers gor diseases control (CDC).There have been 16 more pediatric deaths from flu since the last CDC flu report,bringing the total number of chldren’s flu deaths up to 53 this year’s flu season.And the situation could deteriorate before it gets better.

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“Unfortunately,our latest tracking data indicate flu activity is still high and widespread”,said acting CDC director DR.Anne Schuchat during weekly briefing.Hospitalizations from flu this flu season are far higher than usual,rivaling thee 2014-2015 flu season,which was one of the deadliest in recent years.The most recent CDC flu update found regional or widespread virus activity in 51 out of 54 jurisdictions in the U.S.[fortune.com]

Last week,7.1 % of all outpatients visits were for what’s classified as influenza like illness(ILI), said Anee Schuchat.That was a jump of 0.5% from the preceding week,indicating that this year’s flu season may not have peaked yet.

9.7 percent of deaths that occured in the U.S during the end of jan Flu season and it will get more worse

In the last 15 years,only two U.S flu seasons had a week with a higher percentage of outpatient vsits for ILI,which is used as a proxy for flu because few cases are actually tested for the virus.And Schuchat added,”We are by no means out of the woods”.

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CDC had linked the higher number of cases to the spread of influenza varient known as Type A,subtype H3N3,which is both particularly virulent and hard to stop with the flu vaccine.A Type A subtype known as H1N1 also is circulating widely,as a Type B virus.It’s week 10 of a flu season that may only be half over,and a wave of influenza across the entire U.S has led to to an alarmingly high number of sick people.[www.sciencemag.org]

The rate of hospitalizations this flu season has hit the highest levels seen since health officials started recording this data in 2010,according to CDCP-another sign that this flu season could be among the worst in more than a decade.

As of Jan last week,42 out of 50 states-as well as New York City and the district of Columbia–experienced high flu activity,according to CDC’s weekly U.S Influenza Surveillance Report.

At the center of concerns surrounding this flu season is a vaccine that apppears to offer only weak protection against the predominantly circulating H3N2 strain.[abcnews.go.co]

There are other ways to help prevent the spread of the flu,too.For instance,public health officials recommended regularly washing your hands.If you are going to a hospital to visit sick family or friends,it may be good idea to wear a mask.And if you do catch the flu,don’t go to work,get plenty of rest,drink plenty of fluids,and take the antiviral prescribed by your doctor.

But the flu season probably isn’t ending anytime soon.while the new CDC update finds a slight downstick in cases in the West,it could still taake weeks for the tide to really turn.

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