Haverhill 1st grader MA first child flu death of season
03:54, Feb 16, 2018
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"Normally the national baseline is 2.2 percent", he said.
"It's going to continue for another few weeks", said the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's infectious disease specialist, Dr. Alfred DeMaria.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. At least 63 children have died of flu nationwide so far this season.
Flu shots are available at Oakland County Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. There were 203 related deaths.
Those with flu-like symptoms should remain at home until 24 hours have passed without a fever.
The flu is typically a mild illness, but can turn deadly and lead to life-threatening complications like pneumonia.
Still, he said, it is worth getting until a better, universal vaccine can be made. "There is an adequate supply of flu vaccine".
Visitors, except for children, are welcome as long they do not exhibit symptoms like a cough, sniffles, aches or a fever. He said he, his wife and two children have all been vaccinated. It's part of the body building antibodies.
Monto noted that the 25% effectiveness against H3N2 is higher than the 10% reported earlier from Australia.
Additionally, initial reports show that laboratory-confirmed flu cases for the week ending February 10 have again increased to over 1,200.
According to the most recent reports from state health departments, the flu is still a potent force in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Although it happens every year, the exact timing can differ one year to another.
"We can safely say we're experiencing an increase in absences related to flu-like symptoms, although (it's) important to note not every one of these is formally diagnosed as the flu", Markuns wrote in an email. This flu season is a severe one, but it is not yet historically catastrophic.
Crampton said though rare, there have been times when it has extended into June and July. Their findings were published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. These numbers surpass any other flu season since the OSDH began tracking in 2009.
"There might be a second wave of influenza B infections", she said.
But we all know the flu shot, while helpful - particularly for those in high risk groups like the young, old and those with chronic diseases or immune deficiencies - is not flawless.
Even in Maryland, some deaths have been reported in connection with the virus. In addition to H3N2, influenza B-type viruses are also on the rise - though they are not as severe as H3N2.
According to Fortune, the flu is killing nearly 4,000 Americans a week.
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