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Pennsylvania sees slight decline in flu cases, state health officials say

Pennsylvania sees slight decline in flu cases, state health officials say

There isn't really a way to determine how much longer the flu season will last. As other studies found, Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus were the most common bacterial coinfections, which were more common in kids who didn't have underlying medical conditions. A recent CDC study showed vaccination prevents deaths by half (51 percent) among children with underlying high-risk medical conditions and almost two-thirds (65 percent) among healthy children. This is the time of year when flu is most active in our county and we are continuing to monitor the situation.

"What I've been hearing is that they're busy", she said.

Preventing flu with vaccination is the best way to avoid trouble, of course, but statistics released last week out of Canada suggest this season's vaccine is just 17 percent effective against the H3N2 strain.

When should you seek immediate medical attention? . After that, the anti-viral medication Tamiflu doesn't work.

So if you are sick, stay home.

"It's still going on", she said.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Flu-related deaths in IN continue to climb at an alarming pace this flu season. Hospitalization rates are already approaching total numbers seen at the end of the flu season, which may not be for months. And in 2014-15, the state saw 49 influenza-related deaths, all adults.

"We gave well over 2,500 influenza vaccine doses to Emory students this year", Huey says.

The department confirmed the news during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

Several more weeks of increased flu activity could continue before the epidemic begins to subside said the CDC's acting director.

As is the case every season, this year's influenza vaccine formulation has coverage of strains of both type A and B influenza.

The commissioner says there are about 36,000 fatalities in the United States during a normal flu season and that the CDC is projecting 50,000 or more this year.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that may lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death.

When you get sick from one particular strain of flu virus, your body develops an immune response that will protect you from getting re-infected with the very same bug. Vogmasks, which sells fashionable patterned respirator masks, has seen a 20% uptick in sales this flu season.

Despite this, it's still recommended that people get the flu shot, if only to prevent them from getting the flu a second time after coming down with a case of the H3N2 virus, Schuchat said.

Since mid December the number of cases has skyrocketed. Beer said during past flu seasons, about 80 percent of flu-associated deaths in children have been those who were not vaccinated.


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