Flu season in "second wave"

Flu season in

Flu season in "second wave"

"Overall hospitalizations are now significantly higher than what we've seen for this time of year since our current tracking system began nearly a decade ago, in 2010", Schuchat said.

"The previously recorded high for that was 7.6 percent for a non-pandemic year in 2003-2004", Schuchat said.

Pediatric flu deaths also continue to rise, with 63 children now dead from the flu so far this season. Inoculations typically lead to less severe symptoms in those who catch the virus.

The flu epidemic is being blamed on the most prevalent version of the flu going around: influenza type A (H3N2).

"We don't have any signs of hospitalizations leveling off yet", said Schuchat.

"I came today just to get the flu shot because I have no money to buy it and I know that I have allergies and I didn't want to get sick".

Schuchat said the country is now in the eleventh week of the 2017-2018 flu season.

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With 15,753 laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported to the New York State Department of Health, and 2,349 New Yorkers hospitalized with confirmed influenza, these numbers are again the highest weekly numbers in both categories since reporting began in 2004 and exceed last week's record high 11,683 confirmed cases and 2,221 hospitalizations.

The illness remains widespread in all states but Hawaii and Oregon.

The number of lab-confirmed influenza cases in the State of NY continued to climb sharply during the most recent surveillance period*, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. This level is as high as during the peak of the 2009 swine flu pandemic, officials said.

A total of 19,333 influenza cases have been reported in New York City so far this season, as of February 3. Meaning there are even more families now devastated by flu.

That alarming percentage is applicable to working-age adults-people ages 20 to 64 years old-so the effectiveness could change if you add in the entire population, according to a report from Vox. This rate is higher than the anticipated 7.3% pneumonia- or flu-related deaths estimated for the week.

Hospitalizations are "significantly higher" than the devastating 2014/15 season and with several more weeks of flu season she said "more deaths are likely to happen". People who develop flu-like symptoms should see a doctor right away. This year's predominant flu strain, H3N2, is very good at quickly shape-shifting to elude vaccines and immune systems, so this year's flu vaccine, while helpful, is not as effective as those from previous years. "But there's no doubt, if you put "flu" in different buckets, this is in the really serious bucket".

In past severe years, Schuchat said roughly 34 million Americans contracted the flu.

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