During the same week, 14,401 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu were reported, bringing the season total to 74, 562.
When a person that already has the flu then contracts pneumonia it is more aggressive and deadly because it is caused by a bacteria and not a virus. There have been 21 deaths so far across the state.
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According to Michigan Health and Human Services, 7 percent of people have been reported of influenza-like illnesses from 2017- 2018 within the center region of Michigan. This is above the rate considered normal for this period, according to Lynnette Brammer, head of the CDC's Domestic Flu Surveillance team.
Hospitals across CT are under great strain as a result of widespread flu that has blanketed the state since early December. "I think it's a great idea", said Susan Mack.
The H3N2 infection strain, which is known to cause more hospitalizations and more passings, is the predominant strain this season up until now, Brammer said. It is typically less severe and persists for shorter lengths of time than influenza A, and those who get it are less likely to have to be hospitalized, said Cheryl Flesner, manager of infection prevention at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.
Erroneously, the overall population trusts a bad influenza season basically implies many individuals either bite the dust or get truly sick due just to this season's flu virus, said Ardolic. Vaccines are available at the Kent County Health Department for $41 and are accepted by several insurance companies.
"We found that [people with the] flu ... contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing", lead study author Dr. Donald Milton, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, said in the statement.
"It's troubling", said Dr. A.K. Misra.
A model mixing the two strains has been made to understand how the influenza virus behaves.
"They feel really scared", Stock said.
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"Influenza anti-virals are an important second line of defense, especially with patients with severe illness and those at increased risk for severe disease", Dr. Fry said. He added that these people are requiring "pretty significant therapy". Ehrman previously worked at Maryland for almost two decades, where she helped with developing the study, before moving to SJSU past year.
"There's no question that the people who got their flu shots this year got less sick than the people who didn't", said Ardolic. However, due to reports of the flu vaccination being less effective than past years, some are choosing to forgo getting a flu shot, he said.
It takes between two and four weeks for the flu shot to take effect, she said.
He says it's not too late and it can lessen your chances of getting the illness or lessen your symptoms if you do contract it.