CDC spokesperson calls flu season 'unprecedented'

CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries: report

News Scan for Jan 19, 2018

It is not yet clear how many adults in total have died from the flu, although individual cases of adults dying from influenza causes have been reported. Since the flu season began in October, more than 3,800 people have been hospitalized statewide. Zwolle works as a respiratory therapist at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and said that after seeing how bad the flu was through her work at the hospital, she made a decision to take her son to get vaccinated.

The latest report from the Illinois Department of Public Health confirms 175 flu patients were admitted to an intensive care unit the week ending January 13, with a total of 830 having been admitted so far.

Although states will still track flu cases, "they won't be able to call CDC to verify samples or seek their expertise", said Dr. Thomas Frieden, who was the director of the agency during the 2013 government shutdown.

"Influenza is a potentially deadly disease, and getting vaccinated is the best thing New Yorkers can do to protect themselves and those around them, followed by good hand hygiene", said Dr. Howard Zucker, state Department of Health commissioner.

Motivating college students to head to the clinic and get their annual flu shot is considered a public health challenge by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

The H3N2 virus strain, which is known to cause more hospitalizations and more deaths, is the dominant strain this season so far, Brammer said.

Hospitalization rates for flu this season are, as usual, highest among people over age 65, CDC reports.

Curtis added that most of the people who've already gotten sick in IL are either very old or very young. We already got hints of a problem back in November and December, when it came up in a way that the flu vaccine was not at all so powerful upon the dominant effort that is being circulated this year, which is named as H3N2. It can cause a nasty but relatively mild illness in many people, but more severe illnesses in others.

If you get flu symptoms - such as a sudden fever, cough, body aches and headache - check with your doctor. In some cases, people may experience vomiting and diarrhea. "You usually have a fever with influenza; you don't with a cold", said Johnson.

■ Unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water. It will also disrupt some federally supported health services, experts said Friday. Choose a product with at least 60 percent alcohol. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Instead, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.

"CDC specifically will be continuing their ongoing influenza surveillance. They also have to be vaccinated, as well as older folks".

The restrictions will continue until further notice.

One nurse practitioner we spoke with says if you have to go outside, take the necessary precautions. "I would stress three points - if someone has not received their flu vaccine yet, they should do so ASAP".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to significantly reduce its overseas work to fight disease due to coming funding cutbacks, according to an internal email reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Johnson said if someone does get the flu, the CDC is stressing anti-virals to help with the severity.

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