Millions already sickened with flu this season — CDC

Millions already sickened with flu this season — CDC

Indiana has now recorded its fourth influenza-related death of the 2018-19 season, according to the Indiana State Department of Health's weekly influenza report.

The Canadian report covers the period December 30 to January 5. Through Jan. 5, the total was 76 cases on the season, which begins with October. Randy Gesell said there are a couple of possible reasons for the northern region seeing more confirmed cases. This year, the season is unwrapping slower than those last year.

Three preschoolers have died in Saskatchewan as a result of the flu so far this season, according to the provincial health ministry. The CDC has a tool at to find nearby locations to get immunized.

The Oneida County Health Department also offers vaccines, and most insurance plans cover it. Details are at 315-798-5747 and

"If people have not yet had the vaccine, it's not unusual that around this time, after the holidays, we might have a little bit more influenza activity", Murti said.

So is the for a milder flu season?

If the current strain continues to be the predominant virus, it is what the head of the epidemiology and prevention branch of CDC's flu division expects.

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.

WTHR-TV reports that at this same point past year, IN had 50 flu-related deaths.

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The CDC estimates between 6.2 million and 7.3 million people across the country have been infected with the flu - defined as having a high fever, sore throat and other symptoms.

Half went to their doctor for help, and up to 84,000 were so sick they had to be hospitalized.

Roughly 70,000 to 80,000 have been hospitalized.

"We're seeing between 120 to 150 cases per week over the last few weeks", said medical health officer Dr. Karin Goodison. While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits for flu-like illness in the USA, this information can lag up to two weeks behind real time.

According to the CDC, flu seasons vary from year to year.

Previous seasons, including last year's, indicate that while influenza A tends to spike earlier in the season, influenza B is more rampant in the late winter and spring months, Arnold said, "so getting a flu shot is still a good idea".

But so far it hasn't been almost as severe.

Although most people fully recover from the flu, it can sometimes be fatal and some may experience severe illness such as pneumonia and respiratory failure.

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