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'Flu Is In every single place,' CDC Says as Virus Hits Its Peak

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said flu activity in the state for 2017-2018 is widespread, with the season now very similar in timing and the number of cases reported to the 2014-2015 flu season, the most severe in recent years.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released its latest 2017-18 Influenza Surveillance Report, revealing 1,155 pneumonia and influenza (P&I) related deaths transpired so far this flu season.

The University of Pittsburgh's Dr. Richard Zimmerman directs one of five sites that measure the effectiveness of the vaccine for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public Health England (PHE) records reveal 93 people have died of flu since autumn with 27 deaths reported during the first week of January.

"There is definitely more this year in comparison, both outpatient flu diagnoses positive and inpatient admissions for the flu and flu complications", he said.

The CDC disclosed that Influenza causes more hospitalizations among young children than any other vaccine-preventable disease. "But until that day arrives, we will continue to improve the vaccines that we have and find ways and tools to help Americans reduce their risk of getting sick". She urged parents to take their child to the doctor if they are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms.

The best way to keep your dog healthy, just like with people, is to get them vaccinated. Hospitals across the country and right here in Southern New England are reporting a growing number of patients being treating for flu like illnesses. At this time, this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu situation.

Pregnant women. The flu shot protects the mom-to-be and provides protection for her baby for several months after birth.

The flu season in Wisconsin hasn't been almost as bad as the 2014-2015 flu season, which peaked at about 3,200 people infected with the flu requiring hospitalization the third week in January.

Across the nation, the flu season already is rated as being "moderately severe" - and the word is that it could get worse.

Just like with people, dog flu treatment is often supportive, Brennen said, and "you want to treat the symptoms the dog has and maintain hydration and nutrition". Influenza B has been circulating at lower but steady levels all season and has been detected more frequently in recent weeks.

"The strain itself appears to be more virulent, maybe even more contagious", he said.

That said, he noted the CDC expects flu vaccine effectiveness in the 30 to 40 percent range mirroring past year.

This year's flu season may be reaching its peak, both nationally and here in Minnesota, say public health officials. Dr. Tawney said. "You can get a flu vaccine up until April and still have some positive effect but the earlier the better".

Dr. Harkins says covering your mouth when you cough with the inner-side of your elbow and washing your hands are good ways to prevent spreading the virus.

"This is a significantly larger number than we've had in the past", Calderon said. We've seen where one wholesaler has been out and another supplier will have it.

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