Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC: Up to 84000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months

CDC: Up to 84000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months

Flu seasons vary from year to year and experts say they are nearly impossible to predict. Compare that to the same time past year, and it was about 30 per 100,000 cases. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

Federal health officials say that the flu is now widespread in Alabama - and it's expected to increase.

Flu season is in full swing in the Hudson Valley, with dozens of reported cases now being treated by doctors in the area. Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring.

One death was associated with an influenza A (H3) virus, one death was associated with an influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus and one death was associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed. About 70,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu, the agency said.

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In New Brunswick, where no children have died with a lab-confirmed diagnosis of influenza, the virus still seems to be targeting a younger demographic than in the last few seasons.

So far this year, 16 children have died from flu.

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations to decrease the risk of contracting the virus and its possibly deadly side effects.

It's certainly within time to still get [the flu vaccine] now. The organization estimates that flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States and several deaths. "Year in and year out, people who get a flu vaccine are better off than people who do not get vaccinated", the CDC said. "People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should see a health care provider promptly for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug", the CDC said.

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