Flu continues grip on Georgia, nation

Flu continues grip on Georgia, nation

Flu continues grip on Georgia, nation

Malas is happy to help any student looking for guidance during this intense flu season. Between January 7 and Sunday, 256 adults were stricken with severe flu.

"Our findings suggest that data from smart thermometers are a new source of information for accurately tracking influenza in advance of standard approaches", said Philip Polgreen, associate professor at UI.

It was unclear whether the outbreak had reached its peak yet or if it would get worse, she said. After that, the anti-viral medication Tamiflu doesn't work.

"It's still going on", she said.

If results continue to track with the agency's analysis of this past data, Budd believes there could be about 35 million illnesses this season, approximately 700,000 hospitalizations and at least 56,000 deaths associated with the flu.

While flu or pneumonia was listed on 10.1% of death certificates for the week, Dr. Schuchat said deaths probably have not peaked.

Metro Public Health and Wellness said since August there have been 703 lab-confirmed cases of Flu A and 273 lab-confirmed cases of flu B. Nassau has confirmed nearly 3,900 cases, with 430 new diagnoses last week.

"This is a hard season and we can't predict how much longer the intense flu activity will last", CDC acting director Dr. Anne Schuchat told NBC News.

Influenza has been widespread and severe throughout the nation this flu season. "I'm still advising people to get the flu shots. we're still giving them here".

A viruses, often linked to more serious flu illness, continue to dominate.

In general, influenza viruses are always mutating, but the H3N2 virus mutates faster so that vaccine makers can't quite catch up to it, some scientists say. They say just as one strain of the virus begins to taper off, another strain is picking up steam.

Schuchat said hospitalizations in the 55-to-64 age group and higher levels of influenza-like illness are where the records will come.

As for South Carolina, DHEC released its latest numbers February 7, showing that there have been a total of 518 hospitalizations. "While we need to get flu vaccines every year because the viruses keep changing, the pneumococcal vaccines are more long-lasting", says Schuchat.

The H3N2 flu virus is the most common virus we're seeing this flu season.

Federal officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted that this year's flu season would be as bad, or almost as bad as in 2009.

She says in Waterloo Region, 14 people have died due to influenza but all of them were over the age of 50 and "predominantly" over 65 years of age.

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