The Flu Nearly Reached Epidemic Levels This Season

The number of flu deaths in any year is between 80 and 120 people

"And so for patients that have milder to more moderate symptoms, we strongly encourage them to see a primary care physician, go to an urgent care clinic, even a free-standing emergency room". "We have been at widespread for the past three weeks". So far this season, there have been 1029 lab-confirmed cases.

The Flu Express also recommends members of the public to get the influenza vaccines provided under the Government Vaccination Programme. The hospital said the move was consistent with state and federal laws, The Dallas Morning News reported. In Houston, area hospitals have filled up, including Texas Children's Hospital, where a quarter of patients are being treated for the flu.

Nationally, the number of states reporting high flue activity increased from 21 to 26, the health department reported.

Across the country in DE, the Division of Public Health (DPH) says lab-confirmed cases of influenza in DE have increased significantly over the last few weeks.

"Two years ago, at this point in time, by the first part of January, we only had one hospitalized case, last year we had around 70 hospitalized cases", said Lynn Procell, Director of the Community Health Division, Pueblo City-County Health Department. The flu activity is tracked by retail prescription data used to treat the flu from nationwide Walgreens.

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That's according to Dr. Denise Werker, the province's deputy chief medical health officer, who stood in for Dr. Saqib Shahab to provide reporters with an update Thursday. Babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases should take special approaches to avoiding and dealing with the flu and should see their primary care provider for antiviral medication if they are ill, he said.

"For those individuals, the symptoms can progress pretty fast", Lakey said.

Flu vaccines have been less effective in fighting H3N2 than other influenza flu viruses, making this particular strain more hard to contain.

A total of 72 people from schools, and residential care homes for the elderly and disabled were said to be affected by the flu, according to the Flu Express statistics.

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