Flu Activity Widespread Across United States, CDC Says

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

According to national figures, almost half of all flu-related hospitalizations across Canada early in the season were among children and youth.

- Officials announced Tuesday that the first pediatric flu death in New Jersey this influenza season has been reported to the Department of Health.

"This year in particular, we have expected that children under nine years of age and non-elderly adults will be disproportionately affected. children because they are less likely to have protection (built-in immunity) from prior epidemics of H1N1".

The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season.

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"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains. Just 13 per cent of lab-confirmed flu cases were among children under four in Ottawa, compared with 47 per cent among seniors over 65.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.

Since September, PHAC says 414 children under age 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five years of age. "Viral season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community". Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu. Other recommendations to decrease the risk of spreading flu include coughing into your shirt sleeve and washing hands frequently and thoroughly. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for.

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