CDC: Severe flu season slams all but one state

Numerous confirmed flu cases involve a strain known as H3N2, which health officials warn doesn't respond well to flu vaccinations, though they still encourage people to get flu shots.

Flu viruses circulate in the Southern Hemisphere before they hit the United States, so the flu season in Australia can predict how bad flu season will be in the U.S.

Across the country in DE, the Division of Public Health (DPH) says lab-confirmed cases of influenza in DE have increased significantly over the last few weeks.

"Of course, normally you wouldn't see Influenza B until later on in the season and we've seen a lot of Influenza B - as much as Influenza A, basically", says Kendall.

He says that could mean younger people, who are more susceptible to catching the B strain, may get sick earlier, but it's hard to predict what the rest of the flu season will look like. Other strains of the influenza virus, such as type B, may arise, he said. It is not too late to benefit from a flu shot this season.

"Most people will recover with rest and fluids, and are urged to call their doctor or nurse hotline, rather than visit an emergency department, where wait times may be long at this time", Los Angeles County public health officials said this week in a statement.


"There's plenty of time to get the vaccine and there's no problem with the supply of the vaccine".

Hold on. Experts are saying this year's cold and flu season, which has been worse than usual, will peak in Canada in the weeks to come. The two victims are a one-year-old baby from Lucas County and a four-year-old child from Montgomery County. County officials stressed that sadly people die from the flu every year, but said people should take precautions.

"We're seeing a tremendous number of patients and we have not seen it slow down yet", said Dr. John Goldman. "While it's important that these individuals get the flu vaccine, it's equally important that young and healthy Iowans be vaccinated so they don't spread the flu to others who may be at higher risk".

You may have heard that the flu that's doing the most damage this year is an H3N2 strain, and that it is less vulnerable to the vaccine. "If disease does occur after vaccination, the vaccine can reduce the severity of flu symptoms and prevent both hospitalization and death".

People at higher risk are those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, children under age two and people over 65.

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