What will this flu season be like?

What will this flu season be like?

What will this flu season be like?

"While how long a flu season lasts varies, CDC expects that elevated flu activity will continue for weeks".

The Virginia Department of Health lists the flu as widespread across the commonwealth.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said 247 people have been hospitalized in the state since the flu season officially began September 1.

"Patients with flu-like symptoms should only go to the hospital if they are experiencing severe respiratory distress, have a compromised immune system or are either very old or very young", said Dr. Ashraf Khan, System Director Epidemiology/Infect Control at Lee Health.

Kentucky reports Louisville is one of the hardest-hit areas right now, with more than 550 confirmed cases recently and 882 cases overall this flu season. Last year was a really bad flu year.

While he did have underlying conditions or contributing factors, the IDPH say this is an unfortunate reminder to take the flu seriously, as numbers of flu cases increase across the state and the country. A total of 179 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded between Dec. 16 and Dec. 22, 2018, compared to 95 laboratory-confirmed cases reported between Dec. 9 and Dec. 15, 2018. Perry County is reported to have more than 50 cases. While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people.

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27 people died from flu-related complications previous year in Lexington.

Influenza symptoms typically emerge suddenly and may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Howard says it's too soon to say how effective this year's vaccine is in preventing the flu.

Kentucky now is reporting 1,457 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, which is comparable to this time last season's number of cases (1,411).

Find out more about the flu in Iowa, here.

The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu.

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