Flu season peaks but not over; shot effective this year


It was much the same last flu season.

Five people have died across the state related to the flu.

He says people need to remember that while they may recover, others they come in contact with could have underlying health conditions which make them more susceptible to the flu. Caused by the influenza virus, the flu is among the leading causes of illness in the country, according to the Department of Health (DoH). "This year, we're not seeing quite the severity or quite the volume of people effected".

Confirmed cases of the flu are rising at alarming rates across the Hudson Valley and New York State.

Flu activity is expected to continue for weeks.

Dr. Hu says that this season's shot gives patients a lot of protection against contracting the illness, especially when 90 to 95 percent of the flu cases reported have been from H1N1. The actual number of Canadians who contracted influenza without seeing a health-care provider would be many times higher.

"We won't have the full picture until end of season, but we can already tell more people have received a vaccine in Iowa", she said.

In the 2017-18 influenza season, there were 29 influenza-related deaths in Iowa almost 600 hospitalizations by January 13.

Also, according to Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, professor of family medicine, and associate professor of behavioral and community health sciences, University of Pittsburgh, flu vaccine rates dropped 40 percent previous year, and 79,000 people in the United States died from the flu (the typical number is 23,000).

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.

Influenza has an abrupt onset, typically with a fever or chills, muscle or body aches including a headache and fatigue.

It's not too late to get the shot and have it help even if you get the flu, Parry said.

"The vaccine is not flawless", said Schaffner.

More than 4,200 lab-confirmed people were hospitalized due to flu, and the majority of them were adults aged above 65 years and children younger than 5 years, according the the report.

"Coughing in your sleeve, washing your hands frequently, and then if your child's ill, keep them home until they're well".