Why young, healthy people are dying from the flu this season


At this point in the 2014-15 flu season, there were 16 flu-related deaths.

For the week ending December 30, a little over 13 people per 100,000 were hospitalized for complications related to the flu and that since the start of the season, cases have "increased sharply".

"With the spike in flu cases around the country", the CDC wrote in its email, "this Grand Rounds will provide key and timely information for public health professionals on how to reduce the spread of seasonal flu in communities and adjust to spot shortages in antiviral drugs because of high influenza activity in some areas".

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is widespread everywhere in the USA except for Hawaii and the District of Columbia. "If the whole industry does that, they could make needed changes to the vaccine more quickly".

Bennett, the Maine CDC epidemiologist, said that older populations are more at risk, especially those in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living centers. The deaths were from compatible illnesses confirmed to be influenza by laboratory or rapid diagnostic tests.

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One of the strains of flu doing the rounds this winter is H3N2. This year, most patients are struck by the now predominant strain, H3N2. "But this season, there is a dominant strain that wasn't super common last season".

"Now is the time to get your flu vaccine if you have not already", said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Why young, healthy people are dying from the flu this season
Why young, healthy people are dying from the flu this season

Jeff Rains, CEO of Baptist Medical Center East in Montgomery said some hospitals across the state are altering visiting policies to try to slow the spread of the illness, and protect medically vulnerable patients.

The London, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds branches we spoke to said they were completely out of stock, and could not confirm when new supplies would be received.

"I think one of the biggest reasons we are seeing some of the young people dying is because they're being misdiagnosed", Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News senior managing health editor, said.

In any year, even when you're vaccinated, you can get the flu.

"We are also seeing a lot of people dying from the flu", Alvarez said. It comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches.

"This is not a live vaccine, so you can never get it", he said.

The weakness in our weaponry this year is the fact that the flu vaccine does not cover the B Yamagata strain that is now dominating.

People that are anxious they may have the condition are advised to stay away from GP surgeries, as they could spread the virus further.

If this were a real vaccine, it would work most of the time.

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