Harsh flu season may break records, CDC leader says

Harsh flu season may break records, CDC leader says

However, Dr. Lopez says, the CDC doesn't recommend the nasal spray flu vaccine this season.

It was the first time since November that the number of cases dropped. That ties the highest level seen in the nation during the swine flu outbreak in 2009, AP reported.

Although the school has seen an increase in students and faculty with the flu, the cases have been well-managed due to the school's health campaign that started this fall, community health officer Milo Sini said.

Several strains of the flu exist at any given time, but the two that are prevalent this season are Influenza A and Influenza B. Influenza A is the more severe and fatal of the two.

In Suffolk, there have been over 3,700 cases of the flu this season, with 782 new cases reported last week.

The CDC is reporting the flu is now widespread in just about every state.

"Although our numbers have dropped, it doesn't mean there won't be another peak", he cautions.

Maryland public health officials have detected a marked increase in influenza activity since mid to late December and are warning the public to take measures to prevent influenza, especially by getting the influenza vaccine.

She said data from the CDC's Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILInet), which includes about 2,500 outpatient providers, indicate that nationally for the week ending January 27 the proportion of outpatient visits for ILI was 7.1 percent-which is the tenth consecutive week that it has been above the national baseline of 2.2 percent. "When we came back after the holiday break, we knew the flu was ramping up and it looked like a serious year". "It's definitely not too late to get protection from the flu for your entire family".

Burstein said influenza vaccine remains in good supply at local pharmacies if not available from a physician's office or urgent care facility.

Federal officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that this year's flu season would be as bad, or almost as bad as in 2009.

"Many out of state insurance plans and some MI insurance Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and Medicaid plans preclude students from receiving health care and vaccines at Sindecuse Health Center", Marshall said.

However, those who can find the vaccine elsewhere should seriously consider getting it, he urged.

Despite the calls from health officials for people to get the flu vaccine, flaws and all, only 40 percent of the U.S. population had received the flu vaccination by November.

Not all of this year's flu data has been collected, he said, but early estimates of effectiveness for this year's strain of influenza A suggests it sits around 10 to 20 per cent and 55 per cent for influenza B.

In the meantime, the campus remains vigilant and focused on prevention. Some patients die after lengthy hospitalizations.

The waiting room has been strategically divided into "well" and "sick" sections. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.



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