In the past two weeks six people have died from the flu in Arkansas.
On Friday, Iowa recorded its first flu-related death of the season. At the end of last flu season, 333 people died flu-related deaths. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people.
"The increase in the percentage of patient visits for ILI may be influenced in part by a reduction in routine healthcare visits during the winter holidays, as has occurred during previous seasons", the CDC said.
For the week ending December 29, flu activity in New Jersey is listed as high and widespread.
For the same week past year (week 51, December 17-23, 2017), the CDC reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths.
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Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, indicating increased flu cases or outbreaks in at least half of the state's regions. But the current vaccine works exceedingly well against H1N1 - it is up to 65 percent effective, which is highly effective for a flu vaccine, according to the CDC.
It's also too early to say how efficacious this year's flu shot has been, according to Dr. While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people. For all ages, including children age 6 months and older. "There are likely quite a few more cases circulating".
So far, Carilion has seen almost 400 cases of the flu.
The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu. "They are always at the highest risk of death along with the very elderly", Skolnik said. The flu vaccine can not give persons the flu, but may cause one to develop flu-like symptoms. But if you're sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home so you won't infect others. Additionally, flu vaccines continue to be available at many pharmacies and grocery stores, and through primary care physicians and some specialists.