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Weekly flu cases reach seasonal high in San Diego

Weekly flu cases reach seasonal high in San Diego

For this reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all individuals 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year to lower their chances of infection.

In addition to these two flu vaccines, vaccines also are available to help prevent pneumonia. "There is plenty of vaccine available, and from what we're seeing internationally, it looks to be a good match for the predominant strain of virus that's out there right now - the H-3 Type-A virus".

It lowered the risk of having to go to the hospital or the emergency room by 48 percent, the team calculated. Thirteen flu deaths occurred in the state during last year's season, down from more than 100 deaths the year before. She said it's also important for pregnant women to be vaccinated against the flu.

Thus far in the 2016-2017 season, the percentage of deaths from pneumonia and influenza ranged from 5.6% to 7.9% of all US deaths, which exceeded the epidemic threshold for three weeks in January. It killed 358 children that season. Flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat the flu, but a doctor needs to prescribe them as soon as symptoms appear. Influenza and pneumonia were responsible for 7.9 percent of all deaths in the week ending January 21, and 20 children have died so far this year from the virus.


DOH said it anticipates that status of flu activity will remain high for the next several weeks. Age was reported for 13,306 patients: 7.9% were younger than 4 years old, 30.4% were between 5 and 24 years old, 30.3% were between 25 and 64 years old, and 31.5% were 65 or older.

Doug McMillan, principal of St. Peter's Catholic School in Greenville, said numbers of flu-related absences declined slightly on Monday after the school saw close to a 10-percent absentee rate (about 52 students) the previous week. This virus poses "special challenges", they said, because it undergoes more frequent and extensive genetic changes than either the H1N1 A or influenza B strains. A really stellar vaccine year would see an effectiveness of about 60 percent, he said.

The US findings mesh with vaccine effectiveness results seen elsewhere this season.

The public health manager in Sioux Falls says the number of flu cases is increasing in the city, and it's expected to keep spreading at a steady increase. Some people do have bouts of nausea, diarrhea and vomiting but most simply lose their appetite and feel weak.


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