Widespread Flu Hits Earlier This Season

Frederick Owens
January 11, 2018

There have been 70 deaths across the United States, according to a CDC report from last week.

"Flu season is something that all school districts are concerned about, so we do everything we can to prevent people from missing school and that includes all our staff". Part of the reason for the spike is this season's strain of the flu, H3N2.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed with the influx of infected patients that hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area are limiting visitors under the age of 16 as a precaution. Emergency rooms in Chicago dealing with the flu have led to a backup in admission of ambulance patients, forcing ambulances to hold patients longer.

Experts say this season's 25 fatal flu cases comes after just two flu-related deaths at this point a year ago.

Bill Christian, a spokesman for the Department of Health, says their department learned of the woman's death Monday.

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Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly unsafe strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has not reached its peak yet.

Officials tell the Associated Press that most of the people who died were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions. "It is the most important and effective way to prevent yourself from getting the flu and to protect those around you from being at risk.it still reduces the number of hospitalizations, and can make the illness more mild if you do get the flu", said Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health Jennifer Layden.

Of those, the CDC estimates that as many as 56,000 have died from the viral infection in a given recent year.

"Even though it is less effective than previous years it still has an efficacy level of 10 per cent for influenza A and we do have other strains circulating so within our vaccines three or four strains are covered so you can be covered for other strains of the flu as well", Said Dr. Waters.

Flu season typically peaks anywhere between December and March, according to the CDC.

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