Flu activity increasing nationally — CDC


He says people need to remember that while they may recover, others they come in contact with could have underlying health conditions which make them more susceptible to the flu. There are many benefits to vaccination, including reducing the risk of flu illness, doctor's visits, hospitalization, and even death in children.

Overall deaths from pneumonia and flu, an indicator that typically lags other markers, rose to 7.2% last week and are above the epidemic threshold, and in an accompanying situation report, the CDC said that indicator has now topped the epidemic level for 2 weeks this season. We're having higher attack rates in younger children.

According to the BC CDC, the H1N1 virus tends to have the most effect children and non-elderly adults, while the H3N2 strain is more of a problem for the elderly.

A total of 23 people in North Carolina have died from the flu this season, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

NY state alone has had more than 5,000 confirmed cases this season.

Henry admits the flu shot is not flawless by any means, but says it's certainly the best protection.

The data came from the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network, which provides samples that are used to determine the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. There, they'll likely test you for the flu and, if the test results are positive, will give you an antiviral therapy like Tamiflu or Xofluza.

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You can also count on the fact that even in a mild flu season, a lot of kids get sick with the flu. The 2009 H1N1 strain is still dominant in most of the country, except for in the southeast where H3N2 has been more common.

"We've certainly seen the number of lab-confirmed cases come down", Waters said.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging state residents to get vaccinated against influenza as cases of the disease are rising across the state.

Flu activity increased over the past week, squelching hopes of an early peak and leading at least 12 states to shut down some schools.

"The flu vaccine is always good to get every season", McConnell said.

Of the three pediatric flu deaths reported to the CDC last week, two were related to 2009 H1N1 and one was due to an unsubtyped influenza A virus.