Has flu season, in full swing, reached its height?

Ana Martinez a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center gives a patient a flu shot Thursday in Seattle. According to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday flu is now widespread in every state except

Flu hospitalizations in Pueblo spike

But until Friday, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Hawaii had been spared the "widespread" designation because those states had relatively fewer cases than other parts of the country.

"We are now in the midst of a very active flu season with much of the nation experiencing widespread and intense activity", CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told reporters during a briefing.

Hardy said the staff is asking anyone with flu symptoms to not visit the hospital "for the safety of our patients".

Most of those hospitalized are older than 65 or between 50 and 64 years old, and children younger than five.

In addition to flu, this year seems to be producing more cases of generally severe colds and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which led Vidant to restrict visits to the children's hospital in December, Ramsey said. They showed that when a vaccine is considered effective, 1.2 percent of vaccinated people had the flu, while 3.9 percent of unvaccinated people had the flu.

A person receives the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu shot).

The overall hospitalization rate was 22.7 per 100,000 population this week, up from last week's 13.7, the biggest jump so far this season.

"What we can see is a very rapid increase in the numbers of people coming in to see their health care providers", Jernigan said.

"Like many hospitals around the state, we're seeing higher volumes as a result of this stuff but we're managing that process and working through it", said Phillips.

Montgomery County health officials confirmed a man in his 70s died January 9 due to the flu.

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

In the past week the flu virus claimed another life in the Province, with the total number of deaths during this year's flu season rising to four. The B strain started circulating much earlier than usual, the public health agency said.

Preliminary testing by the CDC suggests [that] the vaccine is probably more protective than it was in Australia during its 2017 winter. Complications, which may be serious, can include pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear and sinus infections.

This season, the flu vaccine is most protective against an H1N1, an H3N2 and a B/Victoria lineage strain. The PHA has urged those who are eligible to get their flu vaccine.

"Right now, the CDC is estimating that the vaccine effectiveness is at about 32 percent".

But to minimize your chances of illness, yes, you should still get the flu shot this year, and any year. 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. The CDC is calling it an epidemic.

Flu vaccinations is the most effective protections against the flu, according to State Epidemiologist Dr. Jonathan Ballard. Although Phillips didn't have specific figures, he said there have been a large number of people present with flu-like symptoms and "given the scale of the situation around the state, the treatment protocols are to go on and treat it as flu if one presents with those kind of symptoms".

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