"Even though you may not necessarily have a ideal match of a flu vaccination for the current flu season, it's still appropriate and it's still a good thing to get a flu vaccination because you are still getting some protection", he said. 15, there has been an estimated total of 5,580 people, both inpatient and outpatient, who have had influenza associated symptoms at Spectrum Health Hospitals. Doing so helps shield people from the most severe symptoms if they do get sick and makes it less likely they will suffer complications that will land them in the hospital.
"We have been reaching sort of a peak, so we did see a lot of influenza activity in the province and the South Zone", she said over the phone from Lethbridge.
This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years. National health officials say 2018 is the first year in more than a decade in which the entire country is grappling with high numbers of flu cases at the same time. This is over the rate considered typical for this period, as indicated by Lynnette Brammer, leader of the CDC's Domestic Flu Surveillance group.
"This seems to be the worst flu season we've had here in the last 10 to 15 years", Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at the Southern California hospital, told ABC's "Good Morning America". It just means that tons of people are getting hit by it hard.
But in some areas, like Los Angeles County, officials reported 96 deaths, a higher death toll, because those 65 and older are counted.
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Flu-related deaths are on the rise in Central Alberta with eight reported as of January 13 according to statistics released Thursday. "The increased deaths worry us, but it's not unusual compared to other seasons when we've seen the same thing from influenza". The median age of these deaths was 81 years.
The strain responsible for the outbreak is H3N2, a particularly deadly variety of influenza.
According to the CDC, in past flu seasons when the match between flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus is close, a flu shot is between 60 to 70 percent effective. Most of the others were long-term care facilities, said Colby. The takeaway? When someone is coming down with the flu, they should stay home, rather than going into work and putting others at risk. Health officials say that even if a person does get the flu after having the shot, the severity and duration of the illness is significantly reduced. Look, it can't hurt.
It is important for those that have not yet gotten a flu shot to get a flu shot, if you can find one.
Cameron added that the primary function of the flu vaccine is to prevent hospitalization and death, not necessarily to prevent patients from getting the flu.