Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Flu season yet to peak, 16 children dead — CDC

Flu season yet to peak, 16 children dead — CDC

The UT Pharmacy, which can be found on the first floor of the Student Health Center, provides flu shots with students and can work with private insurance companies to cover vaccine fees. "It is not as easily controlled with vaccination", Saunders said. Both areas have combined for 23 flu-related deaths in the state. "Peaking in January is early for us".

Landers said the health department uses clinical data, personal medical history, laboratory reports and vaccine history to determine if a death is flu-associated.

Read the rest of this week's Flu Update, here.

Officials are encouraging people to get the flu shot, but they want to avoid what happened in Collier County last weekend-long lines and not enough vaccines.

Adenovirus infections "usually occur sporadically-here a case, there a case-so outbreaks are pretty rare", Schaffner said. It is estimated that five to 20 percent (600,000 to 2,400,000) of Pennsylvanians get the flu each year, and 120 to 2,000 die from complications of influenza.

But the good news is that it's pretty rare to catch the flu twice in a single season. The shot may contain egg components, which are used in manufacturing. Infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

One of the worst flu seasons in years Health officials were anxious the flu season might be bad, but its intensity has surprised almost everyone.

This flu season is ending up being one of the more awful since the 2009 "swine flu" plague, CDC authorities said a week ago. Some may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though that is more common in children. That's because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Out of every 100,000 people in the general population, an estimated 51.4 have been hospitalized for the flu, surpassing the rate in the last severe season of 2014/2015, when 710,000 were hospitalized and 148 children died.

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