CDC: Flu activity increasing in New York City

Florence Lopez
January 5, 2019

It said it had received a report of the death of a child under the age of 18 from flu, but had no more details. Last year, flu killed 185 children, the highest number of pediatric flu deaths in a regular flu season, according to the CDC.

Although prevention isn't always effective, she says it's pretty simple.

"There are two types when we talk about this virus - A and B - this year we have the A strain which has a particular predilection for some people under 65", Dr Kelleher said.

"Last year was a record bad year", Brammer said. With significant flu still to come this season, CDC continues to recommend that anyone who has not yet gotten a flu vaccine this season should get vaccinated now.

According to the Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary Update from the CDC, Nebraska is now listed with "widespread" flu activity for the week ending December 22, 2018- Week 51. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus.

Health experts say when it comes to the flu, there are major symptoms to be on the look out for - especially ones that appear suddenly and severely. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths.

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An early start to the flu season is responsible for the increase, Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer, told CTV Atlantic.

So far, provinces have reported 1,046 hospitalizations related to influenza and 24 deaths.

Meanwhile, a boy and a girl, both four years old, are also in serious condition, with the influenza A infection, and severe pneumonia.

H1N1, or Swine Flu has returned to the headlines after 26-year-old Fox News commentator Bre Payton died suddenly. "I think it's probably the single best thing you can do to prevent the flu". She adds that many times the season peaks around January and February, so it is not too late to get the flu shot.

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