"Flu can kill and it is important we take it seriously". A simple runny nose and light cough are known to take the lives of children under 2, but healthy young adults are dying during this year's flu season. However flu viruses are unpredictable.
"If it's like other years, there are still 11 to 13 more weeks of influenza to go", Jernigan said, adding that various strains of the flu tend to show up later in the season.
CHOA is now under visitor restrictions to protect patients from the cold and flu season, a spokeswoman said. "There is nothing out of the ordinary in terms of the type of influenza that we're seeing", Harris said.
"Most people will recover with rest and fluids, and are urged to call their doctor or nurse hotline, rather than visit an emergency department, where wait times may be long at this time", Los Angeles County public health officials said this week in a statement. The majority of the cases (136) involved people aged 65 and over.
Last week around 4,000 people were admitted to hospital with flu, up 51% on the previous seven days. Last year, there were 8,976 reported cases by the end of the first week of January 2017.
The 15 deaths occurred in individuals age 65 or older.
That was the pattern during the last heavy H3N2 years, which saw a rapid drop-off in the following weeks, which is what Jernigan said he expects.
"One of the concerns we do have is we want to keep our patients safe", said Matthew.
The vaccine this year has shown early signs of less than 10% efficacy with the dominant H3 strain of virus, but is more effective in protecting against other strains of virus, including H1, he added.
· Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Fewer than five of those deaths were children.
The previous report, from data gathered December 23, stated that seven people had died from the flu in Travis County up to that point. "We've had people in their 20s needing a ventilator". "The northeast is lagging behind the country in terms of the flu becoming more active and spreading". While the North Colorado Medical Center isn't at capacity with flu patients, Banner Health says its hospitals in the Phoenix area are.
He said at the pharmacy where he works in Dauphin, Man., they've given 1,000 flu shots so far this year, a record number.
Antiviral medications, like over-the-counter Tamiflu, are recommended to combat the daily symptoms of a flu and all health providers recommend annual vaccinations.
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Goldman noted Friday while some media reports have characterized this year's vaccine as less effective in stopping H3N2, people should remember the shot can still help people who come down with illness from getting as sick.
"It might not be as powerful a tool as what we would want but it is still there", agreed Rusk.