Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases

CDC reports a national uptick in the number of flu cases

The Center for Disease Control shows moderate levels of influenza activity for the week of December 15.

The CDC also reported that the adult vaccination rate also increased, with 45 percent receiving the flu shot, compared to 39 percent previous year.

As of last Saturday, nine states have high flu activity. These states include Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina and New York City. Seven states, including Arizona, have had moderate activity, the CDC stated.

MI health officials are adding to the call for flu vaccinations following the December 21, 2018, announcement of the state's first confirmed pediatric flu death of the season in an Osceola County child who was infected with influenza A/H1N1. The 2017-2018 season was the deadliest in decades with more than 80,000 deaths.

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In the week ending on December 22, a total of 68,148 people sought outpatient or emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics across the nation, compared with 61,628 people the week before, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said, adding that 20 of the patients - 85 percent of whom had not received flu vaccines - developed serious flu complications.

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People with the flu often experience fever, chills, coughing, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, according to the CDC. Also at high risk are adults 65 and older, pregnant women, residents of long-term care facilities and people with medical conditions including weakened immune systems, asthma, heart disease and diabetes. Flu symptoms present themselves in groups of two or more.

Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists all say 'that it isn't too late to get your flu shot in 2018'.

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