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CDC: Flu activity increasing nationally

CDC: Flu activity increasing nationally

The report also shows that in week 3, 2019 no statistically significant excess all-cause mortality by week of death has been seen yet overall or by age group in England this season.

Skowronski said children have been disproportionately affected by influenza this year, with kids under age nine making up 28 per cent of the 661 cases analyzed for vaccine effectiveness, even though children comprise only about 10 per cent of the country's population.

From Sept. 1, 2018, to January 21, 2019, Island Health admitted more than 230 people with cases of lab-confirmed influenza to an acute-care facility.

The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and flu was 7.2%, which is slightly higher than the usual threshold of 7.1% for this time of year, the CDC said, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Pedati attributed the flu shot to aiding this season's lower numbers.

She adds older people seem to have some sort of resistance to that strain, but have still been dealing with H3N2, a type that has been more prevalent over the last couple of years.

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That's the message from B.C.'s top doctor as flu season continues, and this one has hit a bit differently than in years past. "But even on the downslope of the epidemic curve, there will be activity for several more weeks".

There have been seven outbreaks in long-term care facilities investigated and seven schools across the state reported more than 10 percent absenteeism due to illness since the start of the flu season on August 30.

Infants, young children, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and those with medical conditions including immunocompromised individuals are especially at risk for a severe case of influenza.

In 2018, the flu spread across the country in one of the worst outbreaks in US history. Avoid crowded places. Stay away from people who are coughing or are sick with influenza. Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

"About one in five people will get a sore arm at the injection site, but people can't get an illness from an inactivated vaccine", said Dr. Zimmerman.

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