In a press release, the CDCsaid that their January Grand Rounds Talks on influenza would provide "key and timely information" for public health professionals in the midst of a spike in influenza cases, how to reduce the spread of the virus and treatment options for "spot shortages in antiviral drugs".
Still, flu is unpredictable.
According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week. "And because of that, the incidents of passing it back and forth to each other goes up", explained Dr. Travis Sims, an emergency medical physician at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center.
Hardy said the staff is asking anyone with flu symptoms to not visit the hospital "for the safety of our patients".
If you have not received a flu shot yet, it's not too late. Flu sufferers should be free of a fever, without the use of a fever reducer, for at least 24 hours before returning to school or work.
Health officials warn of widespread flu cases
NPR reports the main strain of flu this season is H3N2, which tends to affect more people and make them sicker once they have the virus.
How can a vaccine be 34% effective?
Most flu shots cover four flu viruses - two influenza A viruses (H3N2 and H1N1) - and two B viruses.
Patients of all ages with flu-like illnesses also have been admitted to the acute care hospitals of Northwell Health's 22-institution system, said Donna Armellino, vice president of infection prevention. How well it is working won't be known until next month but it's expected to be better than the 10 percent Australia reported. There have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada, five of which were children.
While flu season may be just peaking this week, the CDC recommends people who have not yet been vaccinated do so.
Hospitalizations of the elderly are climbing. Statistics from the relatively active 2014-2015 season are strikingly similar to this season's statistics.
An average of 700 Arizonans die from flu and pneumonia every year. If you read no further in this column, know this: The answer is yes, you should still get a flu shot.
Some chemists told the Telegraph that they avoided overstocking supplies as they are only reimbursed by the NHS for vaccines that are used.
Stay home when you are sick to prevent the spreading of illness.
One of the strains of flu doing the rounds this winter is H3N2. But her 48-year-old Navy veteran husband, Shawn Burrough, landed in the hospital. He was medically sedated and put on a breathing machine.
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"We don't offer elective surgeries over the weekend so we will have a better sense of the situation for next week starting Monday", said a statement sent to CTV News on Saturday. "You don't expect to wake up with sniffles and two days later find yourself in a medically induced coma".