IN flu deaths reached 136 last week, up from 107

  • IN flu deaths reached 136 last week, up from 107

IN flu deaths reached 136 last week, up from 107

Currently, 95 flu deaths have been reported in North Carolina this season, while in SC, 84 people have died from flu complications.

Charlee Ownby, junior in English who now has the illness, said she knew she had the flu when her body showed signs of severe pain.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control say it's the worst flu season in ten years.

Schuchat urged parents to be on the lookout for worrisome symptoms that could indicate severe illness: very high persistent fever, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat and significant fatigue or confusion.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has given this year's flu season its highest activity code, "widespread", on January 27, at the end of the epidemic's fourth week.

"We must enhance our ability to predict the right strain or the neext season, produce a more optimal vaccine and protect all Americans from all strains of this virus", said Markey.

"I knew I had the flu when my entire spine and legs were on fire, especially my lower back, and I was running a fever and feeling extremely nauseous", Ownby said.

Officials have said that they expect this seasons vaccine to be about 32 percent effective against circulating H3N2 viruses. Gregg said other symptoms can include a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, chills or fatigue.

For Ownby, the flu has made her feel as though she has been awake for more than 24 hours. "The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated".

In milder cases, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund tells CNN that as bad as it is, the wave of flu cases hasn't yet peaked. As of February 1, the flu has claimed 7 lives in Tennessee.

If you do catch the flu, and you haven't received the flu vaccine for the season, doctors generally recommend that you still get a flu shot after you're no longer sick, particularly if it's early on in the flu season, Schaffner said.

The state health department is offering free flu shots at county health departments.

But if you have flu symptoms, are in a high-risk group, or are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider, CDC says.