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Millions already sickened with flu this season — CDC

Millions already sickened with flu this season — CDC

This is the first time these estimates- which cover the period from October 1, 2018 through January 5, 2019- are being provided during the flu season. Photocopier buttons are rarely wiped down and usually a hotbed mashup of several types of germs that can make you ill.

Anderson says it's not too late to get a flu shot.

More than 6 million people have been sick with influenza this season, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but IL numbers show this season, so far, hasn't been as severe as last year's.

Flu figures only reflect cases in which people sought medical attention and were tested. Data presented in FluView allow CDC to track flu activity, but do not provide exact case counts, with the exception of flu-associated pediatric deaths and human infections with novel influenza A viruses, which are nationally notifiable.

The latest vaccine has been updated to work better against the strains of flu circulating this year, according to Durham, who said he hopes it will provide better protection compared to the last season.

"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.

The H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu, is spreading throughout Georgia.




Three preschoolers have died in Saskatchewan as a result of the flu so far this season, according to the provincial health ministry.

"This year, we're really seeing an impact in people under the age of 10", Goodison said.

Especially in homes with young children, Murti recommends the flu vaccine for everyone in the household, including siblings, parents and grandparents.

She's a health scientist at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Ministry of Health said that people who want the flu vaccine can get in touch with their public health offices.

In Illinois, reported influenza illnesses for this year are trending far below last year, when flulike illnesses peaked in mid- to late December with more than 6 percent of patients visiting physicians with those symptoms, Arnold said.


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