First case of flu confirmed in the city

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Allison had mild asthma, but about half the children who die from the flu were healthy before flu hit, according to the CDC. The number of deaths in the US attributed to pneumonia and influenza stood at 6.1 per cent in the week ending December 22, below the epidemic threshold, the CDC reported.

Hu did not know how numerous people who died or were hospitalized had been vaccinated against the flu.

Absolutely, local flu activity is steadily rising.

Flu season officially began in October, and can last into May.

He said that's because similar strains were circulating about 40 to 50 years ago. The majority of those cases have been the specific H1N1 strain.

This year's vaccine covers four strains of influenza, so if you've caught one already, the vaccine will help you fight off the other three or lower the severity of infection, he said. "So you get A circulating and then towards the end you start seeing some B activity", he said.

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"If you're not getting better, and your practitioner says you should be better in five to seven days, and you're not better, get checked out again", added Dr. Rodrigues.

Healthcare workers are also advised to avail of the vaccine in order to protect both themselves and those that they care for. "There is still plenty of flu season to come". Fatigue, body aches are also commonly associated with the illness. You are also more likely to have a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and a sore throat with a cold.

"We got ours in September because we were going on vacation and we wanted to make sure we were covered", Hemshrot said.

After a slow start, influenza is beginning to take hold across the U.S. The good news is that it's unlikely to be as bad as last season, when nearly 80,000 Americans died. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop, but you'll be ready for when the flu peaks which is usually late January, early February.

"It wasn't that it was a particularly bad virus that if you got it you were more likely to die than in previous years".

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