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The truth about the flu — CDC Director

23 January 2018

CDC is reporting adequate supplies of flu vaccine nationwide.

The report also shows that in weeks 50, 2017 to week 2 of 2018, statistically significant excess mortality from all causes is now being observed in over 65s in England.

The dominant strain during this flu season is an especially nasty type called influenza A (H3N2) that in seasons past has been linked with severe disease and death, especially in the elderly and young.

Our data continues to show that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu.

Flu deaths in the under-65 group rose by 32 in the state, bringing the total since October to 74, according to the California Department of Public Health.

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"We are not restricting visitors at this time, but are re-evaluating if the activity increases we will put the signs up and let people know visitors are restricted", she said.

"We can't quite say yet", said Tina Tan, New Jersey's state epidemiologist.

In addition to a flu shot, Johnson stressed another prevention tip.

While influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common circulating nationally, at times this season influenza B has been the most common strain circulating in some areas of the state. As of this writing, vaccines have only been around 30 percent effective.

Jennifer Tornetta, AtlantiCare spokeswoman, said it may be better to ask a friend or other family member to visit or accompany a loved one to dialysis, cancer treatment or other care to better protect them, other patients and staff from the flu. It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more a more severe illness in others. "I would stress three points - if someone has not received their flu vaccine yet, they should do so ASAP".

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The research shows that some people can exhale or cough high quantities of live virus particles - up to 1,000 in 30 minutes, said Jovan Pantelic, who was part of the research team on the 10-million-U.S. -dollar study on transmission of the flu.

The survey also found that when it comes to understanding the difference between cold and flu, many of us are a little confused.

While most flue-related deaths can be prevented by flu shots, patients should still get a check-up or go to the emergency room if they think that thy have several flu symptoms, It is a myth that dialysis patients should not get a flu shot.

"Influenza is a potentially deadly disease, and getting vaccinated is the best thing New Yorkers can do to protect themselves and those around them, followed by good hand hygiene", said state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. Of course, you already wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer, but you should be extra vigilant this year. "If you're sick", Alles said, "you should stay home - from school, from work". The fever, body aches, fatigue and runny nose can make you feel lousy.

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The truth about the flu — CDC Director