Flu Season Lands Hard on NY and the Southern U.S.

First case of flu confirmed in the city

The report consists of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results. Therefore, covering the mouth while coughing and sneezing, in addition to good hand-washing techniques, can help prevent spread of the virus.

Influenza symptoms typically emerge suddenly and may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

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.

"The peak of flu season is usually in late January and early February", Khan said.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health said 247 people have been hospitalized in the state since the flu season officially began September 1. Individuals with naïve or suppressed immune systems are the most susceptible to the flu. The flu vaccine can not give persons the flu, but may cause one to develop flu-like symptoms. "It takes approximately two weeks for the protection provided by vaccination to begin".

Three people have died over the past week, all of them infected with Influenza A and located in Sussex County.

This year's vaccine is considered to be a good match for the strain of the virus now spreading, but in order to get the maximum benefit from the shot, 80 per cent of the population must be immunized.

The HSE has warned that the H1N1 flu strain - also known as swine flu - could potentially become a serious health issue. "Meaning if you get that vaccine it's likely to protect you this year", said Welch. During the 2017-18 flu season, some experts estimate that the American economy suffered a loss of $21.39 billion due to the high number of patients.

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Health officials said there are adequate supplies of flu vaccine available for this season.

DPH will be administering free flu vaccines in the basement floor library in Legislative Hall at 410 Legislative Ave., Dover, on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. Members of the public who wish to attend this flu clinic must go through security.

The CDC doesn't track adult deaths from flu, but they do keep tabs on pediatric deaths.

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