CDC reports widespread flu activity in 46 states

Glen Mclaughlin
January 11, 2018

Health officials say a pregnant woman has died of the flu in Tennessee. There were only three deaths in the state this time previous year.

Pharmacies have also sold out of the medication prescribed by doctors to treat the flu due to increased demand.

So far, 26 states are reporting high levels of outpatient visits for influenza-like symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease control.

We already mentioned the early outbreak. 'I spent my Sunday night looking for Tamiflu for wholesale'.

Other hospitals in the United States have limited the age of patients under five years old as younger patients may not show signs of the flu but could be highly infectious. Emergency rooms in Chicago dealing with the flu have led to a backup in admission of ambulance patients, forcing ambulances to hold patients longer.

Some studies say the flu vaccination this year has not been effective but officials tell us the health department will not know the efficacy of the vaccine for several months.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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It is not so much that it is worse than past year, but officials say it is much earlier.

"It started early and it shows up relatively fast", said Richards. "It is the most important and effective way to prevent yourself from getting the flu and to protect those around you from being at risk.it still reduces the number of hospitalizations, and can make the illness more mild if you do get the flu", said Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health Jennifer Layden. That is up 21 states since last week.

Of those, the CDC estimates that as many as 56,000 have died from the viral infection in a given recent year.

"We do not expect there to be several weeks left of flu season and continued death and severe illness", said Richards.

There was "high activity" of the flu - the highest prevalence ranking - in almost half of the USA as reported last week. The H3N2 virus is the main strain making people sick, and doctors say it's tough to fight.

The nasal spray, however, is not thought to be a worthwhile preventative measure against this flu.

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