CDC: Flu activity increasing in New York City

CDC: Flu activity increasing in New York City

"At this point, most flu activity has been driven by illness in school-age children, and hospitalization rates among children younger than five years old are now the highest among all age groups". "It takes up to two weeks to develop the vaccine's full protection, and the benefits last for up to a year".

Kelleher notes that while most people will recover from flu symptoms by themselves, anyone concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service. Last year, however, it also rose in January because the sharp rise in flu illnesses began in mid-November instead of early December.

If untreated, the CDC said the flu can lead to more complicated health problems like bacterial infections and pneumonia.

"Less than 1 in 3 people in Wisconsin have received influenza vaccines".

"She was a handsome little girl", her mother said.

How do this year's numbers compare with last year's flu season, the most severe in decades, which contributed to the deaths of an estimated 80,000 people?

Minnesota's flu season runs from around October to May, Schultz said.

Dr. William Schaffner, who studies the flu, says that's not unusual; when flu kills a child, it often happens quickly.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated. DHS says the outbreak is likely to get worse before it gets better. "That you will catch the virus, and I have talked to many pharmacists and they say that's not true".

Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able.

Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. "Frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve can also reduce the spread of influenza".

People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and experience flu-like symptoms should see a healthcare provider promptly for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug, says Nordlund.

Stay home when you are ill-especially do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms.