Pinal County officials: 8 have died from flu, more than 1000 cases

Flu hospitalizations in Pueblo spike

The CDC estimates that since 2010, flu-related hospitalizations among children younger than 5 ranged from 7,000 to 26,000 a year in the U.S. Since the 2004-2005 flu season, between 37 and 171 children have died of the flu each year.

"The vaccine is it well matched for it, so unfortunately I think the vaccine is good to get it better than nothing so it is probably not going to be as effective as we had hoped", said Dr. Cynthia Snider, an infectious disease with Cone Health.

Cover your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing.

He said they've seen a 10 percent increase in flu-like symptoms this week compared to last week throughout the hospital system's 11 Georgia facilities. However, while pros state that the influenza season may possibly reach its summit, they alert it takes a lot of additional weeks to influenza task to really slow-down. At all 31 Physicians Immediate Care locations, doctors are seeing a 20 percent spike in patients.

- Anyone feeling ill is asked not to visit a hospital patient, especially if they have symptoms of a cold or flu.

The latest figures from Public Health England show the number of people admitted to intensive care with flu has risen by 65 per cent. Bennett said Maine's population is more sparse, which may help prevent flu from spreading.

H3N2 is a subtype of influenza A. Even though this year's influenza vaccine included the H3N2 strain, among others, the effectiveness of the current year's vaccine isn't yet available, and won't be until the flu season is over sometime in late March or early April. Health officials, nevertheless, are urging people to take advantage of the vaccine not only because of its prevention capacity, but because the flu is milder when people catch it despite being vaccinated. In the same time frame past year, Callaway County had 37 confirmed cases of influenza A.

Unfortunately, when flu seasons feature a disproportionately high number of H3N2-related infections, deaths are typically higher.

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Doctors on Long Island, meanwhile, are coping with a rising tide of people filling hospital beds.

"Ninety percent of it is H3N2", Fries said of the dominant A strain of the flu.

The strain of the disease has affected up to 170,000 people in Australia - more than two-and-a-half times last year's total.

In Maine, the number of hospitalizations increased by 53 last week, with 10 new outbreaks, according to a January 9 update from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary estimates suggested the vaccine barely worked there, and the USA was again facing the same H3N2 virus with the same flu shot. A third, known as the B strain has been occurring in very low numbers, he said.

Flu vaccines are made from killed viruses. N allows the pathogens to break free from infected cells and move into unaffected cells during the infection cycle.

The flu is affecting people over 65 years of age the most and there have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada this season, the FluWatch report said.

Dora High School Principal Paige Abner said her students have been fortunate enough to have avoided the flu for the most part.

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