Flu Season Death Rate At Epidemic Level — CDC

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Dr. Lei Deng and Dr. Baozhong Wang say that a new approach of using double-layered protein nanoparticles to target the influenza virus produced a longer lasting immunity to the flu in mice.

"That's the kicker. This virus really doesn't look that different from what we saw past year", said Richard Webby, a flu researcher at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. And 6.6% of people seeing doctors anywhere in the country had flu-like symptoms - the highest that measure has been since the pandemic year almost a decade ago, Jernigan said. While the common cold and the flu are both cause upper respiratory problems, the flu can do a lot more damage to your health. Dr. Franklin G. Bivens Jr, MD, who has a family Medical practice in Heber Springs stated that he started seeing flu patients ten to 20 days before Christmas, mostly middle school students at that time and later those of all ages. While influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common to date, it is not unusual for different flu viruses to circulate at different times of the season and most flu vaccines protect against four different influenza viruses.

This year, the H3N2 flu has been the main culprit, and the vaccine has struggled to keep up with changes in the virus.

The effectiveness of the flu vaccine can not be calculated as of yet because the flu is still spreading however according to the C.D.C. the antiviral flu medications such as Tamiflu and Relenza are working.

While the CDC gets reports of flu deaths among children - up to 37 now - the biggest flu impact has been on people over age 65, followed by those ages 50-64, Jernigan said. The CDC says the current flu vaccine in the US has a success rate of around 40 percent.

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However, the H3N2 virus that has swept the nation this year is the most deadly of the so-called "seasonal" strains.

In that season, 710,000 people were admitted to hospital and 56,000 died. It's also important for those people to check with a doctor promptly about taking antivirals if they get flu symptoms.

It's especially important that people in these high risk groups get vaccinated, but it's also very important that people in these groups get medical attention quickly if they develop flu symptoms.

"With the flu you do typically suffer more of the body aches, the fever and the chills".

This article was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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