Both the 2014-2015 and the current season are considerably more active than last year's season, in 2016-2017. "While it's not 100 percent, it is still effective for a significant proportion of the population", said Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer at the Illiniois Department of Public Health. No one county stands out. I was on a call with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this morning and they were updating people across the country.
"There is still time for those eligible to receive it and I would encourage them to do so".
"It looks like it's starting to level out", said the CDC's Lynnette Brammer, who oversees flu tracking.
Global flu surveillance protects all nations, including U.S.
Morgan attributed the epidemic in part to the strain of the flu this season.
The H3N2 strain is more risky to patients over 65, under 2 and to those of any age deemed high-risk due to other health issues, such as chronic diseases. "But this season, there is a dominant strain that wasn't super common last season".
Flu vaccines have been less effective in fighting H3N2 than other influenza flu viruses, making this particular strain more hard to contain.
"Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine - not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications", O'Neal said in a statement.
So far, the HSE has said the number of deaths from flu is "under 10".
- If the family member they are visiting is in the hospital due to flu symptoms, they must wear a mask when in the room. "We are seeing more patients present with influenza-like illness".
"These personal losses are a reminder for all of us that flu can be a serious illness, for young and old alike", said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. "No matter what, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from flu is to get vaccinated".
Across the United Kingdom, all children under the age of nine, pensioners and those with serious health issues are eligible for a free flu vaccine, however the rest of the population pay £13. Although Phillips didn't have specific figures, he said there have been a large number of people present with flu-like symptoms and "given the scale of the situation around the state, the treatment protocols are to go on and treat it as flu if one presents with those kind of symptoms". Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, and/or muscle aches.
"If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now - contact your GP practice to book into a flu clinic".
The weakness in our weaponry this year is the fact that the flu vaccine does not cover the B Yamagata strain that is now dominating.
Tamiflu, on the other hand, which comes in capsules, costs between $50 and $60 before insurance and requires a prescription, and generally reduces the length of time someone is sick with the flu by a couple days.