NEW YORK — The flu season within the U.S. is getting worse. Well being officers final week mentioned flu was blanketing the nation however they thought there was probability the season was already peaking. However the latest numbers out Friday present it grew much more intense.
“It is a season that has much more steam than we thought,” mentioned Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
One measure of the season is what number of physician or hospital visits are due to a excessive fever, cough and different flu signs. Thirty-two states reported excessive affected person visitors final week, up from 26 the earlier week. General, it was the busiest week for flu signs in 9 years.
Hawaii is the one state that does not have widespread diseases.
Ana Martinez, a medical assistant on the Sea Mar Neighborhood Well being Heart, provides a affected person a flu shot, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 in Seattle.
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This 12 months’s flu season obtained off to an early begin, and it has been pushed by a nasty sort of flu that tends to place extra individuals within the hospital and trigger extra deaths than different widespread flu bugs. In New York, state officers say a drastic rise in flu instances hospitalized greater than 1,600 this previous week.
The flu turned intense final month within the U.S. The final two weekly report present flu widespread over the whole continental United States, which is uncommon.
Often, flu seasons begin to wane after a lot exercise, however “it is tough to foretell,” Jernigan mentioned.
Flu is a contagious respiratory sickness, unfold by a virus. It could trigger a depressing however comparatively delicate sickness in many individuals, however extra a extra extreme sickness in others. Younger kids and the aged are at biggest danger from flu and its issues. In a nasty season, there as many as 56,000 deaths linked to the flu. Within the U.S., annual flu pictures are really useful for everybody age 6 months or older.
In Oklahoma and Texas, some college districts canceled lessons this week as a result of so many college students and lecturers had been sick with the flu and different diseases. In Mississippi, flu outbreaks have hit greater than 100 nursing properties and different long-term care locations, leading to some proscribing guests.