January 19, 2019

Flu Season in Full Swing in Pennsylvania

05 January 2019, 02:01 | Silvia Roy

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Flu season is picking up in the Hoosier state, according to the Indiana Department of Public Health.

The length of a flu season varies, but the average duration of a flu season for the last five seasons has been 16 weeks, with a range of 11 to 20 weeks. "I think it's probably the single best thing you can do to prevent the flu".

Dr Kelleher said the flu strain circulating can be problematic for people aged under 65, predominantly those with a pre-existing disease and pregnant women. Children are more vulnerable than adults to influenza and respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia.

The most recent indication is that the scale has reached over half way to surpassing the flu season threshold sparking fears that flu season, where hundreds become sick with the virus, is only days out.

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Question: Are we seeing a more flu activity here in MI? This season started a bit more slowly and it's not picking up as fast as a year ago, Brammer said.

"I can see in the data I have available that it is beginning to rise that it nearly certainly will go above a threshold that we have got that says it is flu season".

The H1N1 strain tends to cause milder illness than H3N2, the predominant strain during last year's particularly severe flu season, and vaccination tends to be more effective against H1N1 than H3N2.

Flu vaccinations aren't ideal but will reduce your chances of becoming ill. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine". Fewer than a third of Albertans got vaccinated, Hu noted, and more than 9,000 lab-confirmed cases were reported.

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"The flu seasons last anywhere from six to 12 weeks, up to 18 weeks".

Previous seasons saw fewer cases: under 4,500 cases in 2016-17 and more than 5,300 in 2015-16. The agency gets statistics early in the new year, Hu said.

"I know it's hard not to let your child go to school, or not yourself go to work, but it is important if you've got these symptoms", he said.

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