"Those who live, work or interact with higher-risk populations are recommended to get the flu vaccine to protect those who are more at risk", county health leaders wrote Thursday. This season's H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well. He said flu cases and hospitalizations "continue to rise at alarming levels".
Last year, the Trump administration proposed sweeping cuts to the NIH and the CDC. Some 535 influenza-related hospitalizations reported since October 1, the report found.
Rumpf advised that everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated each year before flu activity begins.
"We are certainly seeing and have seen more hospitalizations related to influenza this year than certainly we did at the same time last year", explained Siiri Bennett of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Despite reports of shortages of vaccines and antiviral medications in some parts of the country, local, state, and federal health officials on Thursday confirmed to Newsday that no such shortages have been identified in NY.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health announced that there have now been at least thirty-seven confirmed flu-associated deaths in Georgia this flu season.
As death totals hit over 100 people in the 2014-2015 season, the H3N2 strain was starting to become the predominant flu virus in Washington.
Two of the cases struck the senior center hard in December.
They said the vaccine's protection so far against influenza B is similar to Australia's interim estimate of 57% for its past season, when all of that country's vaccine covered both influenza B lineages.
"Nationwide the flu is bad", Hall said. "Those who have survived the flu may or may not have gotten the seasonal flu shot this year (which has not been particularly good at preventing this strain of the flu, H3N2)". "But unlike the human [influenza] vaccines, which can provide cross protection even if not an exact match for the current virus strain, the canine vaccines will not likely provide that cross protection". That was also the predominant strain in the 2014-15 flu season, when Alaska recorded about 1,400 confirmed flu cases between September and January 20.
Saunders said in most cases, people who get the flu should stay home and avoid contact with other people except for medical care. It happened in December or January from 2012 to 2016, but last season's peak didn't happen until the week of February 25.
"In Daviess County we have had under five deaths", Daviess County Public Health Nurse Kathy Sullender said.
Avoid touching your face as flu germs can get into the body through mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes.
"Help us stop the spread of the flu", said Fitzgerald.
"Despite recent leadership changes, CDC remains committed to our 24-7 mission to protect the health, safety and security of Americans", Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat said.