As many as 646,000 people are dying globally from seasonal influenza each year, USA health officials said on Wednesday, a rise from earlier assessments of the disease's death toll.
The number of patients being seen in the emergency departments at Quinte Health Care hospitals is on the rise and is expected to continue to increase over the next few weeks. "Flu typically goes through March, so at any time if you want to come in and get a flu shot, you can get a flu shot", said Carroll.
The report states that influenza A (H3N2) viruses are predominant in the Southern Hemisphere, and a preliminary estimate showed the vaccine as only 10 percent effective against that strain.
The flu has now killed one person in Tulsa County, the first death here this season.
Flu season is upon us and schools across East Texas are seeing its effect. Gale Burstein says it may or may not be completely effective against the flu virus variants circulating this year, but it is a lot better than no protection. The CDC estimates that influenza vaccination averted 40,000 deaths in the United States between the 2005-06 and 2013-14 seasons.
"The situation is under control, and there have not been any new reported cases", the GES further assured.
"We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the USA but especially in the south", co-author Brendan Flannery, an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division, told CNN.
"The flu-shot-phobic people will hear that and say, 'Of course!"
"Among the general population, about 39 percent have received the vaccine", said Stokley, co-author of a new CDC report that canvased people by phone and internet in early November.
Influenza is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.
Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all.
When certain people get sick, they are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
They recommend anyone who catches the flu, to stay away from areas where you can infect others.
"All indications are that we are seeing more flu earlier in the year, and we anticipate more cases", said Randall Williams, MD, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.