Massachusetts confirms first child death from flu this year

15 February, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • Andrew Capps Knoxville News Sentinel

Pennsylvania saw a slight decline in flu cases last week, but health officials say the flu season is far from over.

Statistics like this haven't been seen since the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic. Student Health Services is projected to run out of its allotment, plus additional borrowed vaccine from Emory Healthcare, within the next one to two days, he says.

In response to the alarming number of flu cases, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the state health commissioner Thursday to authorize emergency funding to New York's 62 counties, with the flu season typically being over by the end of May.

The flu epidemic remains widespread in almost all states, and experts say it could be a record-breaking season. "It's like comparing apples and oranges".

On Long Island, hundreds of people turned out for free flu shots on Saturday, and both Nassau and Suffolk Counties will make free flu shots available to residents this week. Less commonly, it can cause nausea and stomach pain.

There are 330 positive PCR flu tests this week from private labs: 116 influenza A, and 211 influenza B; 2 positive influenza A subtype H3N2, and 1 undetermined.

The 1918 pandemic infect about one-third of the world's population and killed five percent of the people on the Earth. It was responsible for more deaths than World War I which was happening at the same time.

Inflammation and the stress the flu puts on your body can lead to a greater risk of blood clots near your heart, study author Dr. Jeff Kwong told NPR. Dry air also dries out protective respiratory mucus. The best advice for keeping people healthy, however, is simple.

Unfortunately, the flu season probably won't start winding down anytime soon, Schuchat added.

But why is the flu so deadly this year?

If you have the flu, stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Influenza B viruses are not divided into subtypes but are further broken down into lineages and strains. "It headed toward a peak during the holidays when everybody was congregated and off work". "But this year, I was sick with the flu for two weeks".

The most common reported side effects are naseau and vomiting.

The predominant strain of the flu this year is H3N2, which pediatrician Deborah Rubin said is particularly virulent.

Vaccines are only effective against specific strains and serotypes. "What your immune system recognizes is completely different from the what the virus has morphed into at this point". "Of the influenza A viruses with subtype information, 84 percent were H3 viruses". The newest vaccine contains up to four types.

"The vaccine strain drifted during the manufacturing process", Chow explained.

Historically speaking, Christmann said the United States was ripe for such an outbreak.

Sheena Moore administers flu shot at a Suffolk County clinic in Great River, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

Although it is not too late to receive a flu shot, Huey notes that the vaccine is becoming harder to come by, as only a certain supply is created each year. Graham Snyder, associate epidemiologist at Beth Israel Medical Center, wrote in an email.


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