Texas Hit By Worst Flu Season in Decades


Virtually the entire country is now reporting widespread flu, the first time that's happened in 13 years.

The flu virus is unstable, and it changes a lot each season.

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"We are now in the midst of a very active flu season with much of the nation experiencing widespread and intense activity", CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told reporters during a briefing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has rescheduled a teaching session on the public health response to a nuclear blast that was to take place Tuesday.

On January 2, President Trump sought to antagonize North Korean leader Kim Jung Un that the US nuclear arsenal was more powerful than the hermit kingdom's, in a tit for tat after Mr. Kim said he had his country's nuclear button ready.

The majority of cases continue to be the H3N2 subtype of Influenza A, a particularly brutal strain that tends to cause more severe illness, particularly among the elderly and children. There have been 1,850 reported hospitalizations, 68 percent of which were seniors.

The Public Health Department released its latest figures on influenza Thursday, reporting that as of January 6, a total of 1,015 people came down with the seasonal infectious respiratory ailment, and 456 needed to be hospitalized.

Data from some mid-Missouri counties show the number of confirmed flu cases doubled compared to the 2016-17 flu season.

"Like many hospitals around the state, we're seeing higher volumes as a result of this stuff but we're managing that process and working through it", said Phillips.

There have been 48 flu-related deaths in England so far this winter. The virus claimed the lives of 20 children in the state in 2017, but no pediatric deaths have been reported thus far in 2018.

The CDC's monthly lecture series gained media attention this week with the announcement that their January 16 meeting would focus on the "Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation", interpreted as the health body responding to heightened rhetoric of nuclear war between the US and North Korea.

Aussie flu symptoms include headaches, fevers, sore throats and vomiting.

Experts say this season is more severe than in past years.

The preliminary vaccine effectiveness data from studies ongoing this season will not be available until at least mid-February.

Because scientists have to predict months in advance what strains of flu will be circulating, the flu shot doesn't protect against all strains. But doctors still insist you should get the flu vaccine. "The vaccine also provides protection against other strains that circulate during the season". It's not yet known how effective the vaccine is for this season.

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"So we're hot and heavy in the middle of the influenza season", Merritt said.

Bennett, the Maine CDC epidemiologist, said that older populations are more at risk, especially those in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living centers.

Both hospitals were diverted last night from time to time because of the influx of patients suffering flu-like symptoms.