Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?

Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?

Is Arizona's flu season historically bad this year?

"We definitely know it's widespread in the state", Miljkovic said. During week 50, Puerto Rico and 23 states reported regional flu activity, while the District of Columbia and Delaware, Hawaii, Utah, and West Virginia reported only local flu activity. Another 25 states experienced minimal activity.

The flu is made up of various strands of the virus and, another round of the flu is about to descend. "The number of flu cases that were reported last week is the highest in a single week that we have seen in recent years".

It's important to note state officials only track lab-confirmed cases, said Jessica Austin, senior epidemiologist with Green River District Health Department.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu. Last season the flu vaccine was about 43% effective against H3N2 in the United States, and the authors anticipate similar effectiveness this season.

While the nation is seeing a sharp increase in flu activity, health experts warn this year's flu vaccine could be as little as 10 percent effective.

The flu vaccine includes protection for both viral strains.

Twenty-five of the confirmed cases in DE stem from the influenza A (H3N2) strain, which officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say has so far been the predominant virus in the US this season.

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Health officials are anxious, with so many people traveling for Christmas and New Year's, cases of the flu will skyrocket.

This is shaping up to be a nasty flu season.

However, though there were more cases, and, hence, more hospitalizations and deaths, than normal, the department pointed out that the infection itself was "no more serious than in previous seasons".

But he added that just because the hospital isn't seeing a spike in flu doesn't mean it's not in the community.

Doctors also recommend avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home if you get sick and covering your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze. Australia had its most severe flu season in five years.

It's also wise to not attempt to self-diagnose - "Unless a doctor told you that you have the flu, you can not jump to that conclusion".

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