Texas Panhandle Counties Reporting the Flu

  • Texas Panhandle Counties Reporting the Flu

Texas Panhandle Counties Reporting the Flu

The agency said there is still time for people to get the flu shot because while the season appears to be peaking there could be 11-13 more weeks to go for this flu season.

While data fluctuate on how many Americans die annually from the flu, during the 2012 to 2013 flu season an estimated 56,000 people died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials reported their findings in a Thursday morning phone conference.

The New York State Health Department has confirmed a child has died of complications from the flu.

Influenza has been reported in all eight counties in CT. While their research and work is generally very effective, sometimes an unexpected mutation in the virus can cause a vaccine to be less effective.

According to the state's Department of Health and Human Services, the deceased adults lived in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

Jernigan said in 2014-2015, the last severe flu season in the U.S., that number reached 6% at this point in the flu season. Alabama is one of 26 states reporting high levels of influenza-like Illness.

Since 2010, the CDC estimates there have been between 9.2 and 60.8 million flu cases each year.

The vaccine may be less effective against H3N2 strains because it's manufactured in chicken eggs, which some recent research has shown interact with H3 strains, making them less like the circulating strain and therefore less effective. "When H3 [strains] are predominant, we tend to have a worse flu season with more hospitalizations and more deaths".

Howard Zucker urges all New Yorkers six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. There are antiviral medicines that can lessen the impact and duration of the flu.

So far, more than 151 million doses of vaccine have shipped, Fitzgerald said at the media briefing. "So far, 2014-2015 had more severe indicators at this point in the season". "We've clearly based the baseline in November and we're at the peak of it now".

Healthcare providers are required to report cases of the flu in patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit or deaths associated with the flu among people younger than 65.