Already bad flu season not quite over yet

  • Already bad flu season not quite over yet

Already bad flu season not quite over yet

"About half of the cases of hospitalizations for influenza in children are occurring in previously healthy children", Schuchat said.

The Naugatuck Valley Health District and Pomperaug Health District are partnering to offer flu vaccines on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. 12 noon at 77 Main Street North, Suite 205, in Southbury. UNM Students can receive a free flu shot at SHAC in dedication to "Take One for Raymond", an initiative began by the parents of former UNM student Raymond Plotkin, who passed away from the H1N1 virus in 2009.

This week, 356 lab-confirmed cases and 18,370positive rapid flu detection tests were reported by public health and clinical labs bringing the season totals to 1,901 and 79,170 respectively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't determined how effective this year's vaccine is; some estimates put it at around 20 percent effective against Influenza A, the season's most common strain.

According to county officials, there have been a total of 2,109 positive flu cases in Hays County since December 2017 - 697 in December 2017, 1,046 in January 2018, and then the 366 since February 1. The strand that is causing the most harm is the A/H3N2 virus strand. Pneumonia has been the direct cause of death in 174 people and a contributing cause of death in 566 people. Nationally, there have been more than 50 influenza-child deaths in the 2017-2018 flu season. As of February 5, influenza and pneumonia have been linked as a factor in 837 deaths in Kansas.

The flu season has been a particularly bad one and is shaping up to have a record number of hospitalizations nationally. At 7.1 percent, influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity is approaching the 7.7 peak of the 2009 pandemic.

"It's not like the states", she said.

The cold and flu also share a similarity in what they are not - neither is a version of the 'stomach flu, ' or 24-hour bug.

Even more, more than 7% of all the recently hospitalized patients in NY were related to the flu influenza.

Around this time past year, about 5 percent of Atrium Health patients were seen for influenza-like illness, according to the health system.

In south-central Kansas, which includes Wichita, nearly 15 percent of patients last week had an influenza-like illness.

Flu season continues until may, and doctors say it's not slowing down, in fact, we could see a new strain in the next few months!