Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Million People Have Already Been Sick With the Flu Says CDC

Million People Have Already Been Sick With the Flu Says CDC

"We're well into the flu season, " Fry said.

So far, the flu season has not taken off like it did past year, when close to 50 million people caught flu and 80,000 died.

These estimates are cumulative and will be updated over the course of the annual flu season on Fridays.

Flu activity remained elevated for the 2018-2019 flu season, but most influenza indicators were down sharply from last year's high-severity flu season, according to the most recent CDC data.

Officials from the New York State Health Department announced this week that the flu is spreading rapidly throughout the state, with some hospitals reportedly limiting visitation to prevent the spread of the virus. This year, the annual epidemic is unfolding more slowly than it did last year.

It's hard to gauge how lethal the flu season has been for children across the country because Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia don't track influenza-related deaths in real time.

The CDC has no estimate of deaths so far this season, partly because it's so early.

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"Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5 percent of the US population, or about 27 million people", the CDC said. This year - in Saskatchewan at least - he said children with flu symptoms should see a health professional right away. In the past, the CDC has waited until the end of the season to release estimates of how many people have been affected by flu.

The CDC said that reported cases tend to increase in November before peaking between December and February.

Startling new numbers show widespread flu infections across the United States.

"It's still not too late to get a flu vaccine".

She and other public-health experts urged Canadians who have not yet been vaccinated to get the shot as soon as possible.

Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time someone is sick by a day or two, clinicians say.

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