Flu season off to early start; widespread in 7 states

Flu season off to early start; widespread in 7 states

Based on knowledge launched by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Dec. eight, 2017, this 12 months’s flu season is off to a fast begin and to date it appears to be dominated by a nasty bug.
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New York — This 12 months’s flu season is off to a fast begin and to date it appears to be dominated by a nasty bug.
Well being officers say the flu vaccine appears nicely matched to the viruses making folks sick, nevertheless it’s too early to inform how unhealthy this season can be. The principle flu bug this season tends to trigger extra deaths and hospitalizations and vaccines have a tendency to not work as nicely in opposition to this kind.
Flu started selecting up final month. By the tip of final week, seven states reported widespread flu exercise: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Most flu seasons don’t actually get going till round Christmas. That’s how final 12 months’s flu season performed out.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reported the newest knowledge Friday.

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