Recorded As Worst Flu Season Ever In a Decade

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Welch said the number of Louisianans seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms is about 10 percent of the population, nearly double the percentage during last year's peak season, which is February.

Morgan Shandler, a spokeswoman for Shawnee Mission Medical Center, says her hospital had 230 cases in January, with the busiest day occurring on January 13 when there were 15 positive results.

The CDC expects the 2017-2018 flu epidemic to be the most deadly since the 2009-2010 that killed 284,000 people worldwide and 657 Californians. These groups of people are more likely to experience severe or even deadly complications from the flu. However, Schuchat says, "we are by no means out of the woods".

Health department officials are encouraging residents to get a flu shot.

Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or event talk.

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MEA has been flooded with patients, now doses of flu vaccine is running low for those under 65 years of age and those over 65 get a more potent vaccination. Because that way if you still end up getting the flu it makes it less severe so you have less chance of having to go to the hospital. "We're always looking for ways to boost flu vaccination rates at UCSB since there are a lot of people on campus in close quarters, which can really lend itself to an outbreak". These droplets can get into the mouths or noses of people nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, or linger on surfaces nearby. "And also for the type of people who could get sick from the flu, especially your little kids, your elderly population, also pregnant women should be getting the flu vaccine", says McDaniel.

"Hand hygiene is very important, washing your hands frequently or using alcohol rubs, avoiding touching your eyes, your nose, your mouth", said Harkinson.

Dreifuss, 61, worked in a pediatrician's office for years and didn't catch the flu. They are also asking those who are sick to wear a mask before entering their buildings. She demonstrates the "magic trick" of sneezing or coughing into the crook of an arm. "The best way is teaching them not to cough into their hands, but into their sleeve; schools are teaching this now". The CDC keeps track of estimates of the annual flu vaccine efficacy based on similar studies. Individuals who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or reduce its severity.

Seasonal flu is also sweeping the United States while China and North Korea have announced cases of the swine influenza A/H7N9 and A/H1N1 virus, respectively.

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