4 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads — CDC
Jan 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
Compared to the 2016-2017 flu season, there were 1,109 total cases and 275 weekly cases reported for the same time period a year ago.
It is the state's first pediatric flu death this season. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms you are encouraged to make an appointment with your local healthcare provider.
"Even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate and those that are used in the vaccine, there is a difference in its effectiveness", Werker explained. "We will very likely continue to see the flu for months". It was the 11th leading cause of death in the state in 2016.
It's inexplicable. It depends on what strain of the virus is responsible for the larger number of infections; and this year, for some particular reasons that we don't know yet, it is being more aggressive with people 65 years and older.
Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. "There's nearly no area in the county that's seen no influenza activity at this point".
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But an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows patient traffic for the flu is no longer increasing the way it did in December. Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza. It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to take effect.
Flu activity varies across the state.
"There are huge variations of when the flu activity starts and finishes and when it will peak each year", Doctor Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer, confirmed.
Hospitalizations have seen a sharp uptick since last week, according to the latest numbers from CDC's latest weekly update, which covers the week ending Jan 6.
"The H3N2 strain that's circulating is a little bit harder of a virus too, it's robust", said Casie Stoughton, Director of City of Amarillo Public Health.
"The volumes of patients coming in increased dramatically during Christmas week", White said.