Flu season appears to be peaking early in IL

Flu season appears to be peaking early in IL

"The "Aussie flu", H3N2, is the same strain that was circulating past year and is not unusual", she added.

Prevention tips include keeping hands clean with thorough and frequent washing.

Influenza cases have continued to increase since the health authorities issued a flu watch on December 1. Influenza B can also affect older people and is the strain that most often infects children. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

"We use in Canada an egg-based media to grow the vaccine and there has been some evidence to show based on studies that there may be some mutations of the virus when it's growing in that media, so that's why we are seeing the decreased effectiveness in this years vaccine", said Dr.Waters.

In its weekly FluWatch report, the Public Health Agency of Canada says there were 11,277 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu across the country as of December 30 - about 70 per cent attributed to H3N2 - with more than 1,000 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths.

"They look at data and surveillance to determine what's going to be likely during the next season, and unfortunately, we're in influenza A season and the type of influenza A that is going around was not a good match for the Influenza A that was in the vaccine".

However, Murti said those figures are an underestimate of the actual number of cases, as most people don't seek medical attention for flu and, therefore, aren't tested. This particular strain is unusually virulent even putting those with up-to-date flu vaccinations at risk. There were 1,379 cases in Kent County and 998 in Sussex County. There have been 34 reported deaths.

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Dr. Ali Hassoun, an Infectious Disease Specialist at Huntsville Hospital, said people rushing back to work may contribute to the spread. Anyone under the age of 18 is not be allowed to visit.

Additional information on pediatric deaths is available on FluView Interactive at: https://gis.cdc.gov/GRASP/Fluview/PedFluDeath.html.

Pharmacies throughout the West Coast are reporting inadequate supplies of Tamiflu, an antiviral medication considered among the most effective in reducing severe flu symptoms.

Dr. Randy Bergen, clinical lead of the flu vaccine program for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, spoke to the Times of the perilous character of the recent outbreak.

Despite that, he said, "it's still extremely important to get the vaccine". "I think many people would readily take that 10-per-cent reduction in risk just because this can be such a debilitating and severe illness".

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