Kids under two at greater risk of flu related death

15 February, 2018, 05:51 | Author: Darrell Lopez
  • Worsening Flu Season Has Many Afraid, Grieving

Edwards said important lessons from the new study are that flu vaccination coverage in children must be improved, as does maternal vaccination, given that only one-third of pregnant women are immunized against flu in the recent season. Majority had underlying conditions such as heart, lung or immune system problems. Flu-related hospitalizations in Erie County remain extremely high.

A "smart thermometer" connected to a mobile phone app can track flu activity in real time and help predict how the infection will spread, scientists say. Her statement comes on the heels of new research from Canada that revealed that this year's flu vaccine is 14% less effective than originally thought, meaning that it is just 20% effective against the dominant H3N2 strain.

Should I take an antiviral drug like Tamiflu?

Benard and the CDC recommend that, if you are sick with a flu-like illness, you should stay home for at least 24 hours.

Flu has claimed another life in Denton County, bringing the local death toll this season to eight, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Denton County Public Health. Last week, 52 percent of reported outbreaks in the state of Florida were in daycare (17 percent) or school (35 percent) settings. Patients could have secondary bacterial pneumonia if they get better and then suddenly feel much worse.

The Maryland Department of Health detected its first laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza in November.




Flu deaths in children have been nationally notifiable since 2004, which has allowed the CDC to begin keeping more detailed records.

As is the case every season, this year's influenza vaccine formulation has coverage of strains of both type A and B influenza. "This 2017-2018 season, 42 states, including District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have reported high influenza-line illness activity and CDC [reported] 63-influenza-related pediatric deaths, so far". The babies who had other health conditions were more vulnerable but around half of the babies were healthy before they contracted flu, the report finds.

The 1918 pandemic infect about one-third of the world's population and killed five percent of the people on the Earth.

Flu symptoms can be similar to a less-serious illness like the common cold, ranging from a sore throat and runny nose to vomiting, body aches, fevers, cough and extreme tiredness. However, children and people with weakened immune systems can infect others for longer periods of time, especially if they still have symptoms.

She urged sick people to stay home and said it is still not too late for people to get a flu vaccine, which offers some protection.

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