Published: Sun, January 05, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

This Flu Season Will Be Worst in Decades: CDC

This Flu Season Will Be Worst in Decades: CDC

The graph below is retrieved directly from CDC. One Monroe County child died of the flu in October. The vaccine being used this season very closely matches the strains being seen.

The 2019-20 influenza activity has exceeded the second deadliest and is close to hitting the deadliest season.

North Carolina has seen another flu death, bringing the number to ten so far this flu season.

The weekly update shows influenza activity is still widespread across the state. But they warned the states of Washington, New Mexico, Minnesota and Tennessee that it could be worse in those areas.

Dr. Virginia Caine, the Marion County Public Health Department Director, is asking that anyone with mild flu-like symptoms first go to their own doctor, a community health center or an urgent care center.

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"Hopefully this turns around and comes down, but if it continues on the trajectory it's on, it's not going to be good", he said. Many are individuals younger than 10 years of age.

It's particularly bad for kids because they're susceptible to influenza B, which is strong this season.

Adults do not normally suffer from flu B due to their immunity as the virus do not change frequently.

The number of people hospitalised with flu this winter is nearly ten times as high as this time previous year, new figures show. Only 47% of kids in North Dakota age 6 months to 4 years are now vaccinated. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed.

Because of the similar symptoms, people often can not differentiate flu with colds.

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