Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released reports showing that there has been an increase in flu like illnesses in the United States, especially the H3N2, a form of influenza A. H3N2 has been shown to be more hard to fight than other influenza strains. That's down from 56 hospitalizations during the previous week.
Many locally report having been treated for the flu, but Knox County Health Department Director Rebecca Raines said only one case of influenza has been lab-confirmed. That is up from a total of 5 last week.
The team then assessed the infectivity of naturally occurring influenza aerosols - tiny droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time - and found that a significant number of flu patients regularly shed the infectious virus into aerosol particles that are small enough to present a risk for airborne transmission.
A department spokesman said 32 flu-related deaths a week is higher than average.
The CDC reports that as of January 7, about 78 percent of all cases of influenza in the USA have been H3N2, the most unsafe.
This year's flu vaccine hasn't been as effective at preventing the virus as Flannery and other public health officials would want.
For more established individuals, the CDC gauges passings in view of pneumonia and flu. You can also visit CDC's website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/to locate flu shots near you using their "flu vaccine finder".
"This seems to be the worst flu season we've had here in the last 10 to 15 years", Dr. Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at the Southern California hospital, told ABC's "Good Morning America".
Experts say even if the vaccine is not a flawless match, the vaccine can still help lessen the severity of the flu, and reduce the chance of experiencing severe complications from the flu.
There is some controversy throughout the country as to whether flu shots are safe and effective.
Mistakenly, the general public believes a bad flu season simply means a lot of people either die or get seriously ill due only to the flu, said Ardolic.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Also, don't go to work, and don't have your children go to school, when sick. People at high risk of flu complications include pregnant women, older adults, young children and people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, cerebral palsy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, kidney or liver disease, muscular dystrophy, obesity or sickle cell disease.
Allegheny County continues to lead the state in the number of confirmed cases of influenza, with an increase of more than 1,100 over the first two weeks of 2018. "It's not too late to get vaccinated".
However, because the flu is widespread across the state, CCH is in "heightened awareness", meaning nursing staff is asking people not to visit if they have any flu-like systems and to wear a mask if they must visit, she said.