Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5% of the US population, or about 27 million people.
Flu season is in full swing in the Hudson Valley, with dozens of reported cases now being treated by doctors in the area. That's four fewer states than the previous week.
Doctors at Wilson N Jones say from October to December of 2018, they saw 12 flu cases. Three children's deaths related to the flu were reported in the week ending January 5, bringing the pediatric death toll to 16 for this season, according to the CDC.
"Diagnosed cases are on the decline, a bit earlier in the season than recent years", said Gesell.
"It is important to remember that, even if a patient gets the flu after receiving the vaccine, it is not usually as severe as if the patient had not received the vaccine at all", Durham wrote.
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Meanwhile, four people have died of the flu so far this season in IN, according to the state's department of health. To reduce the spread of illness, it also recommends that people stay home if they are sick, wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their eyes, noses and mouths.
Instead of relying on people to get vaccinated every year, scientists are getting closer to a flu vaccine that would last through multiple seasons, called a universal flu vaccine.
Now, doctors say there are certain risk factors that can make it more likely for someone to develop complications from the flu. This means that ARGONet will be the most accurate program to estimate influenza activity and that it can report all the USA flu activity a week ahead of the traditional reports.
When a mom-to-be gets the flu, she can be so sick she needs to be admitted to a hospital's intensive care unit.