There is more than one strain of influenza being seen in the United States. Even though the CDC says the vaccine is roughly 40 percent effective this season, doctors still encourage you to get the flu shot.
The total number of flu cases stood at 8,187 during the first week of January, down from 8,829 cases reported the previous week.
According to ABC News, the CDC said there were seven pediatric flu deaths last week, bringing the total to 20 for the flu season which started October 1. That brings the total up to 84 cases and 11 admitted patients since October 1, the beginning of flu season. Nathaniel's death was revealed on the same day that the Ohio Department of Heath announced the state's first child death from the flu season, a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.
Both are respiratory illnesses with very similar symptoms. He also noted that, although this season is on the more severe side, they still don't know for sure where exactly where it's going to end up.
The list includes anyone over the age of 65, pregnant women, individuals with a body mass index over 40, people with serious health conditions and all primary school children.
In Minnesota, there have been 1,765 flu-related hospitalizations and one flu-related child death this season, according to the latest data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). With the virus barreling toward peak activity, the agency's world-class infectious disease experts warned Minnesotans to get the flu shot if they haven't already.
The disparity in death rates might be surprising for those who recall there was initially no vaccination available for the dominant flu strain in 2009, H1N1, which allowed it to spread unchecked from coast to coast. In San Diego, a hospital erected a tent outside its emergency room to manage an influx of people with flu symptoms.
The nation is having a awful, horrible, no good, very bad flu season.
In terms of human flu, no worries of that making dogs sick - just other people. In a bad pandemic, hospitals might have four times more people in need of a ventilator than they have ventilators, and far too few intensive care beds for the seriously ill. "People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine", said Dr. Taylor.
Wash your hands. Frequent and thorough hand washing is an easy way to prevent the spread of germs. In 2009, we had a close call with swine flu, which still killed at least 300,000 people, but so far the most virulent strains have tended to be hard to pass from human-to-human. Since then steps have been taken to reduce the threats to global health security caused by vaccine market failures.