Nasty flu season appears to be easing up — CDC

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The uncommonly harsh flu season claimed another seven lives in CT in recent days, but the worst of the outbreak appears to be over, health officials announced Thursday. The season started on October 1. "It's time for a major stock take of our national capacity for managing emerging infectious diseases".

Influenza specialist Professor Michael Baker told Newshub Nation there is a current pandemic plan in place, but nothing could totally prepare us for a pandemic event like 1918, or another virus, that might be just as bad, or worse. "There's a cluster of states in the South having high activity". "If people aren't feeling well and think they might have flu, there's still a chance they could have it".

Check out the the graph above from the state Department of Health most recent influenza surveillance report (it covers up to the week ending March 3). Though that's above the expected level of 2.2% for the week, the percentage has gone down from the previous week, when the rate was 5%.

Last year, 218 people died from the flu in North Carolina.

"This year's vaccine is about 30 percent effective", Buckman said.

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Flu symptoms include a fever of 102 degrees or higher, a dry or hacking cough, severe body aches, and chills.

"CDC estimated that during seasons like those, influenza accounted for as many as 35.6 million illnesses, 16.6 million medically attended visits, 710,000 hospitalizations, and 56,000 deaths".

Despite the good ILI news, Anne Schuchat, MD, acting director of the CDC, said yesterday that more cases can be expected this season.

The death toll of those infected by a new wave of influenza has continued to rise in the state of Oklahoma. "We work very closely with the Chinese and the countries that border China".

"In order to best facilitate this shift away from egg-based technology, governments must modernize their partnerships with vaccine manufacturers", said Gilbert Saint Jean, PhD, Healthcare Analyst at GlobalData.

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And the numbers support the lack of concern. H3N2 was found in 85.7% of hospitalized influenza A cases, with H1N1 accounting for 14.3%.

A woman in her 60s, with underlying medical conditions, also died as a result of complications related to the flu.

Those anxious about the flu or feel that might be at risk, should speak with their doctor about getting the flu shot or other preventative measures.

The websites - which falsely claim "influenza epidemic caused by vaccines itself, according to health officials" - said Treague "clearly states that the vaccination is at least part of the problem if not the whole problem".

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