Flu now epidemic, number of fatal pediatric cases rises to 20 — CDC

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Those are two of the key ways the CDC monitors the severity of a flu season.

In addition, many hospitals in MI and nationwide are experiencing shortages of IV bags and other fluids and supplies used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients. They are for the protection of patients and visitors. During the first week of the year, which runs from December 31 to January 6, there were 56 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta due to influenza, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. That is not a measure of activity, however, and while 26 states like Georgia are at a high level of influenza-like activity, others like Florida are still at the minimal level. STAT reporter Helen Branswell called it the "problem child of seasonal flu".

Yet Alabama hospitals are filling up with patients because of the worsening outbreak. There have already been 49 outbreaks reported this season. The restrictions are necessary for the health of its patients and community.

Influenza symptoms include fever or feeling feverish, a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue. "This flu season, we've probably tripled the number of telemedicine cases", he said.

"It's like a MASH unit", said Dr. Ed Hirsch, the hospital's chief medical officer.


"That's the reason why we do want to restrict", Matthew said.

But in an update on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said patient traffic for flu at USA hospitals was no longer skyrocketing the way it was in December.

As a result, emergency departments reached maximum capacity, increasing wait times for non-emergency care.

People in these high-risk groups should also consider seeing their health care provider to be evaluated for antiviral medications if they develop flu symptoms.

Taylor is encouraging people to protect themselves.


Based on the latest available data, the United States could be experiencing one of the most severe flu seasons in years, possibly similar to the severe 2014-15 flu season, officials said. Information was unavailable from the Pitt County Health Department on whether any of the latest deaths occurred in the county.

- Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit the hospital. That is part of a federal entitlement program, Lesinger said.

Flu experts have the unenviable task of predicting circulating flu strains several months in advance-so that vaccine manufacturers have the time it takes to grow millions of doses in chicken eggs.

In the last week, flu deaths in England have gone up by 50% with 27 new victims. "The flu illness has really ramped up in a proportionate way that is very significant". "The vaccine has a harder time covering that one particular strain".

Her 12-year-old son came home with the bug around the holidays, then her two youngest kids got sick and she did, too. "It might not work as well as we want it, but it does work", said Dr. Rusk. "This is not to try and be restrictive. Even if the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the flu, it will make it less likely for you to become seriously ill or require hospitalization". It will help prevent the flu, and if you get the flu it will be less severe. The flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly.


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