Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said there has been an increase in flu cases in children this season. Flu strains usually circulate in Georgia through mid-April.
"We're having to treat people in hallways, in chairs, wherever we have space", said Michelle Gunnett, the director of emergency services.
Countries in the Southern Hemisphere, which have their flu season before Northern Hemisphere countries, experienced poor vaccine effectiveness against H3N2, leading health-care workers to anticipate similar results in Canada.
The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.8%, the same as the previous week. "They've found through research that in the winter months there are congregations of people and that provides an excellent mode of transmission".
In order to work, he said, the prescription drug must be taken within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms, which could include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches and headaches.
According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week. In the first week of 2018 alone, 425 new cases were reported from 38 counties. It has even been shown to be effective in preventing death in children from flu-related causes. The last time the flu was this severe was three years ago. Over the holidays, kids are home from school spending time with their families and friends. The Centers for Disease Control said today that it considers all the flu deaths nationally to be under-reported. Most of those cases have been diagnosed as Influenza Type A. Right now, half of our admissions have to do directly or indirectly with flu. Each summer, scientists gather and try to make a best guess on which variants are going to be more common in the coming year. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing.
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- If you are sick, stay away from others.
She urges people to wash their hands thoroughly with regular soap and water, paying particular attention to the backs of hands and the thumbs. "Alcohol-based hand rubs ... also kill the germs". In the first ten days of January, there have already been 150 more cases. It also reported that 1,200 people had tested positive for the flu, a number that experts say is likely much higher. The oldest and the youngest are the most vulnerable. It is not too late to get a shot.
Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section agrees.
"We're expecting several more weeks of flu season here, so go (get the shot)", explained Dr. Sims.
Doctors also say research suggests that even if the vaccine doesn't prevent someone from getting the flu, it could help lessen the symptoms.