Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Increased flu activity in Johnson County

Increased flu activity in Johnson County

The 2019-2020 flu season is well underway nationally and territorially.

According to the health department, the predominant strain going around Northeast Ohio now is Influenza B and has been seen in around 73% of cases this season.

"This year [influenza B] has not only dominated, but it arrived early. That is unique, but every year we have something unique that happens with flu", virologist Pedro Piedra, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told MedPage Today. "For whatever reason, the environment and the community were more susceptible to B/Victoria this year", Piedra said.

According to the minister, the flu vaccine is available free of cost in the public health system to high-risk members of the population, including healthcare workers; children and the elderly with chronic illnesses; pregnant women; individuals who are institutionalised or in state care; and non-health frontline workers. To date, there have been 5,694 flu-related hospitalizations. Past year during this time there were 16 pediatric deaths.

Influenza B is the predominant strain circulating this season and is associated with 73 percent of cases. However, Indiana has not seen any pediatric deaths yet. "But influenza B tends to hit pediatric patients and young adults disproportionately harder".

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"Less prior exposures may make it more virulent", said Glatt, who is chairman of medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, New York. "There are more children who have died [this year] at the same point in time as previous years".

Fauci said although it's not a good match for the strain.

The most common strain so far this season is influenza A H1NI, accounting for about 60 percent of cases, followed by influenza B (Victoria) strain at roughly 35 percent. Health experts believe the increased number of deaths has to do with the type of Influenza that is circulating.

It happens. After all, no one says the flu vaccine is flawless.

The CDC reports more than 30 children in the USA have already died from the flue this season and while you may not be 100 percent protected if you get the flu shot, Alvarado points out odds that make it worth your time to take the precaution. Influenza is an airborne virus that can be spread when a person that has the virus coughs or sneezes.

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