US Flu Outbreak on Decline

US Flu Outbreak on Decline

The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has continued to decline.

Over the past several weeks, deaths of Americans of all ages from the flu have made headlines.

For the third week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. CDC officials continue to recommend influenza vaccination for all individuals aged 6 months and older.

In Western New York, that rate continued to decline from 92 cases per 100,000 in the week ending Feb. 10 to 89.9 in the week ending Feb. 17 and to 73.8 as of Feb. 24 based on the latest data from the state Health Department.

Other countries also have or are experiencing a bad flu season because of the vaccine's ineffectiveness against the H3N2 virus.

Flu season began in October; the average duration is 16 weeks, but it can last up to 20 weeks.

This flu season started early and the intensity level was among the highest seen in a decade.


Even if you've already had the flu this year, you're still not completely in the clear.

Additional information gathered on some of these hospitalized patients showed that more than half of the adults - about 67% - had at least one existing medical condition, such as heart disease, metabolic disorder, obesity and chronic lung disease, the CDC reported.

Also contributing to the difficulties this year was the fact that the vaccine did not work very well and health officials say they are trying to figure out why it did so poorly.

Among counties in Central New York, the state health department reported 2,553 cases of the flu in Onondaga County this season, 2,678 in Oneida County, 1,790 in Broome County, 1,019 in Oswego County, and 883 in Jefferson County.

Although the flu vaccine doesn't guarantee that you won't get sick, doctors say it does reduce the chances, and if you do get sick it may be less severe. "What we're seeing here is a little bit more of an up and staying up".

While it is possible for the flu itself to cause death due to serious breathing problems and severe dehydration, according to Dr. Claire Bocchini, an infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital, it is more likely that a complication from the infection will be the cause of a flu-related fatality.

Related News:

  • Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

    Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

    A recent weather report from ABC News warned of widespread power outages, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour, and flooding. Ahead of the storm, many airlines have issued travel waivers to allow passengers to change their flights without penalty.
    NWS issues High Wind Watch, Winter Weather Advisory

    NWS issues High Wind Watch, Winter Weather Advisory

    In addition, as this rainfall runs off into larger streams and rivers, flooding will also be possible Friday night into Saturday . During the day Saturday , expect a sustained northwest wind around 15 miles per hour with occasional gusts to 30 miles per hour .
    Man Gets Kicked Out Of McDonalds For Buying Homeless Man Food

    Man Gets Kicked Out Of McDonalds For Buying Homeless Man Food

    The officer gathered Davis' information, said he could no longer visit the restaurant, and asked him to leave. Gallo invited the man inside the restaurant and asked him if he had anything to eat.
  • 'Stranger Things' Season 3 Adds Maya Hawke, Ups Priah Ferguson

    'Stranger Things' Season 3 Adds Maya Hawke, Ups Priah Ferguson

    Because the best part of season two was Erica, Lucas's sassy, savage little sister who stole every single scene she was in. This season, Erica finds herself on an insane mission to save the town of Hawkins from a new risky threat.
    Second Snap: New Spectacles expected from Snapchat

    Second Snap: New Spectacles expected from Snapchat

    Heath also reported that Snap quietly acquired imaging company FiveFocal. The company took a painful $40 million loss only selling 150,00 units.
    Rescue helicopter's 80-pound life raft crashes into Fla. house

    Rescue helicopter's 80-pound life raft crashes into Fla. house

    It is unclear what caused the raft to "separate" from the helicopter, Miami police said. Rameau was the only one inside the home when the weird incident happened.
  • Oklahoma's Orlando Brown runs 40-yard dash at NFL Combine

    Oklahoma's Orlando Brown runs 40-yard dash at NFL Combine

    With an eye towards the Rams, here are three prospects fans should be watching at the combine on Friday . We don't necessarily have every answer when they walk out in 15 minutes because it is a short time .

    Theresa May sets out 'hard facts' on Brexit in speech

    Barnier has warned there were "substantial" disagreements between the two sides that meant an agreement was "not a given". He tweeted a picture of himself holding the speech with a thumbs up.
    Lego To Start Producing Pieces From Plant-Based Plastic

    Lego To Start Producing Pieces From Plant-Based Plastic

    Last year, Lego Group announced it was partnering with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The material has been tested to ensure it meets Lego's own high standards as well as consumer expectations.
  • Diabetes has five types, not two

    Diabetes has five types, not two

    BRADFORD district has the highest number of people in the United Kingdom suffering from diabetes, according to latest figures. It is a hereditary disease, although it can also be developed without prior family history, and cannot be prevented.
    The Miami Dolphins trade for Rams defensive end Robert Quinn

    The Miami Dolphins trade for Rams defensive end Robert Quinn

    Now that the Dolphins have acquired Quinn, the future of Cameron Wake or/and Andre Branch have to be in question. The Rams, according to ESPN , will get a mid-round draft pick from Miami and the teams will swap picks.
    Young woman, three children found dead inside MA  home, police say

    Young woman, three children found dead inside MA home, police say

    The Worcester District Attorney's Office is still investigating the deaths, but did confirm they're being treated as suspicious. Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and have more information as it becomes available .


Most liked

Snow showers expected throughout the day
Be Prepared alert has now been issued for snow and ice, along with strong winds from Thursday afternoon (March 1st) into Friday. Every winter thousands of people fall ill and many die because of exposure to cold both in the home and while outdoors.

Baker Mayfield says if anyone can turn Browns around, it's him
They're very close. "They have the right pieces". "Just showing that I'm ready from Day 1 to be a franchise guy, " he said. Mayfield and the other quarterbacks who are taking part in the combine drills will be on the field Saturday in Indy.

Toys R Us launches stock sale ahead of store closures
Toys R Us in the United Kingdom and electronics chain Maplin are on the brink of collapse, putting 5,500 jobs at risk. The electronics chain has 2,500 United Kingdom staff across 200 stores, which will remain open for the time being.

Dollar dives below ¥106 in Tokyo on Trump tariff remark
The Canadian economy is reliant on trade with the United States with more than 75 percent of exports going south of the border. Trump previous year ordered an investigation into whether aluminum and steel imports posed a threat to national defense.

Great Yarmouth bin collections to resume from Monday
Following that, we will only collect waste contained inside your green bin. Any recycling presented in bin liners will be collected. No recycling in blue bins will be collected next week.

Belvoir Elementary students celebrate Dr. Seuss, reading
Ruby, her 6-year-old daughter, finds confidence through reading because "I can read it all by myself". Read Across America is based on research that demonstrates the benefits of reading for children.

Buyers revive deal for Weinstein Co. assets after talks
"We consider this to be a positive outcome under what have been incredibly hard circumstances", the statement read. The victims' compensation fund is a key part of the deal-and not just because it's the right thing to do.

IN sheriff's deputy dies after being shot Friday during a foot chase
K-9 Deputy Jacob Pickett, 30, will not survive the injuries received after being shot in the head Friday during a foot pursuit. Carter said Friday's chase began after police officers serving an arrest warrant for a woman noticed 28-year-old John D.

Assembly Elections: Counting of votes in 3 North Eastern states on Sunday
The party had contested 50 seats in the last assembly polls in 2013 and its candidates forfeited their deposits on 49 seats. Each of the three states has a 60-member assembly and a party would need 31 seats to get a clear majority.

Dolly Parton thinks it's time for a '9 to 5' remake
It also skyrocketed Parton to even more fame; she scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture and won two Grammy awards for her work on the soundtrack.

Ryanair plans return to full operations in all Irish airports on Saturday
Aer Lingus has cancelled all flights scheduled to arrive or depart from Dublin , Shannon, Cork and Belfast today. A Manchester Airport spokesman said: 'We're continuing to monitor the adverse weather here at the airport.

Big Ten Tournament Preview and Projections
The one non-senior starter for the Boilermakers, sophomore Carsen Edwards took home first team all-conference honors. In opening round action IL had there season ended by Iowa with a 96-87 final and Rutgers took down Minnesota 65-54.

Isaiah Thomas shows MVP-caliber form in win
Randle did most of his work early, scoring 21 in a first half that saw the Lakers drop a season-high 73 points as a team. The 73 points allowed were two off the season high the Heat allowed in a loss at Cleveland back on November 28.

CELTICS 109, GRIZZLIES 98: C's back in top form
Saturday night's win over the Knicks in NY left the Celtics a half-game behind the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference. Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans' MRI on his ribcage revealed slight cartilage damage, but he's considered day-to-day.

Reusable Selena bags to sell at HEB stores
H-E-B has sponsored Fiesta de la Flor each of the now four years the Selena tribute festival has been held in Corpus Christi. The limited edition bags feature black and white images of the late singer with pink wording that reads "Queen of Cumbia".