Flu season poised to be milder than last year's

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According to new data released by CDC, so far during the 2018-2019 season between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu. Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5% of the US population, or about 27 million people. "If you see signs of flu we do encourage you to get evaluated soon so that you can limit its spread". The program is called ARGONet, and it was tested on three years of flu seasons that began with September 2014 and ended in May 2017. CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010.

In South Carolina, health officials have reported widespread activity for two consecutive weeks.

The weekly flu report published Friday by the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that from Dec. 30 to January 5, lab-confirmed influenza cases are down from the week prior, suggesting the flu season may have reached its peak during the last week of December.

The state also tracks people visiting doctor's offices and clinics at sites throughout the state to record how many report influenzalike symptoms. Last week that number was 2.93 percent. Although the yearly impact of influenza varies, it affects the health of New Yorkers each season.

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It's important at this point in the season to keep an eye on vaccine supplies so that each community can continue to offer the shot, she said.

The statement has cited reports about the outbreak of swine flu in the Caucasian country that has killed at least 14 people so far. And almost 80,000 died, including 180 children, according to the CDC. The agency reported severity indicators will likely rise and noted there have been 16 pediatric deaths reported from flu his season. Kane County coroner Robert Russell said that after feeling sick for a couple days, the child was taken December 21 to Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora and died.

"And that's why we're putting this message out today, " Dr. Goodison said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most illnesses nationally this season are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths compared to the kind of flu that dominated a year ago.

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