NY officials warn of rising flu cases, hospitalizations

New Mexico sees more flu cases than the national average

The level of flu and influenza like illness remains high and the best way to avoid getting the flu is to get vaccinated.

This status was declared January 13. Having the flu shot is still beneficial as it will help protect people who contract the flu from getting life-threatening complications.

As the Emergency Department is now seeing a surge, familiarize yourself with the healthcare options available for non-urgent care such as Telehealth Ontario or walk-in clinic availability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, in recent years between about 70% and 85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 50% and 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among older adults. While flu activity remains high - and above the national baseline of 2.4 percent - CDC indicators that track severity (hospitalizations and deaths) are not high at this point in the season, the CDC notes.

Add to that, this season's vaccine is only about a 58% match for this year's circulating strain of Influenza B, according to Bowling. But almost 2,000 fewer cases were reported during the most recent week.

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Glatt also offered up some conjecture about the higher attack rates for influenza B, noting that the trivalent influenza vaccine only has one B strain, whereas the quadrivalent vaccine has two B strains.

With flu season is in full force, students are experiencing the biggest impact. Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

"We have not yet peaked for flu A or flu B. If you have not yet received your vaccine, please get it", said Doctor Myers. "Even if you're healthy, it's just not wise not to get a flu shot". You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else a day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. Flu is very infectious and can cause potentially serious illnesses especially for older people, those who have a chronic illness, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.

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