First Iowa flu death of the season reported by IDPH

Woman with flu

Don Brannen, PhD, community epidemiologist for GCPH reported 13 hospitalized flu cases from October 14, 2018 to date.

The CDC said 4.5 percent of people who went to the hospital the week of December 22 either had the flu or flu-like illnesses, and it was higher than the week before. Antibodies cross the placenta and provide immunity to infants up to 6 months of age, when the infant is eligible to receive their dose of flu vaccine.

Right now, flu activity in Nebraska is worse than all the surrounding states.

Dr Kelleher said that the flu arrived in Ireland much later this year than last winter.

For the same week previous year (week 51, December 17-23, 2017), the CDC reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths. Nationally 13 children have died from the flu, none of which were from Virginia.

There are ten states and the territory of Guam that are listed with "widespread" flu activity.

The CDC's "flu view" map is based on outpatient visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness. "There were just a lot more cases", Brammer said of last season. Sutfin said the vaccine is the best way to prevent against getting the flu and can also reduce the severity of flu illness.




More than half of reported cases affected children, according to the state's most recent influenza update.

Doctor Kathlyn Ignacio, is advocating for the use of the flu vaccine.

"It's not too late to get the flu vaccine, and if you are coming down with flu like symptoms like fever, body aches - isolate yourself". He was between 41 and 60 years old.

The shot can have benefits for entire communities as well. "There are likely quite a few more cases circulating". "For some families, we take blood a few times a year to see immunologically how the vaccine is working", said Martin. But in Wisconsin, experts say flu activity is low so far.

The sooner you get the flu vaccine, the better. Most are elderly with weakened immune systems. In addition to shortening symptoms, Monto said, it appears it may reduce your ability to transmit the flu to others.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

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