Flu season surpasses previous year, still time to get vaccinated

Henrietta Brewer
January 7, 2020

You might remember last year's flu season was the deadliest in more than four decades.

Fauci is reported to have made the prediction in a CNN interview.

THE H1N1 influenza virus has claimed another victim, bringing the death toll for this season so far to 38.

New data from the CDC released on Friday estimates that so far this season, at least 6.4 million people have caught the flu, 55,000 people have been hospitalized and 2,900 people have died - 800 more people then were estimated the week before. During the 2018/19 flu season, there were 143 cases provincially and three lab confirmed cases in the south.

State health officials confirm two children have died from the flu: one in Middle Tennessee and one in East Tennessee.

Geographically, the flu is widespread in most states with visits to outpatient providers for flu symptoms considered high in 34 states.

Five new influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC for the week ending December 28, bringing the season's total to 27 to date.

Health Commissioner Jenny Bailer said the department received the report by chance, as it only tracks pediatric influenza deaths and hospitalizations.

"Increased influenza activity is expected for several more months", said Alex Shaw, Director of Communications and Public Information.

Lab reports show that H1N1 and Influenza B have been spilt almost 50/50 of positive results of the viruses being circulated. Health officials encourage residents to get the flu vaccine.

It takes about two weeks from vaccination for the body to have full immunity, and vaccination helps lessen symptoms in those that do become infected with the highly contagious respiratory disease.

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