14% of all Texas deaths related to flu — CDC

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The association criticised the plan as "far too little and far too late". However, anyone who is concerned about a serious or life-threatening illness should go to the ER. As of this week, the number of reported cases of students seen for the flu at the Student Health Center appears to have topped out, Huey says, noting that students who live off campus or were seen by other health care providers are not reflected in his numbers.

"That's a signal of how very intense this flu season has been".

But the strain of flu that's now on the rise is changing.

"Right now, we're focused on one class of antiviral drug, but we should be looking at combination therapies and other modalities, such as host-directed therapies", said Timothy Uyeki, MD, of the CDC in Atlanta.

The flu season this year is bad.

Sirus Wheaton '19 said he did not receive the flu vaccine this year but did his best to prevent getting sick through other precautions. "And we still have a few more months of flu activity".

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The team said it's not clear why some kids die so quickly from flu, but they said the shorter duration among healthy children might reflect differences in healthcare-seeking behavior or timing of treatment interventions.

Between 600,000 and 2.4 million Pennsylvania residents will get the flu this year, and 120 to 2,000 will die of complications from the virus, the Health Department said. Hospitalization rates are already approaching total numbers seen at the end of the flu season, which may not be for months. The agency hasn't identified evidence to suggest flu-related hospitalizations are leveling off, Anne Schuchat, MD, acting CDC director, told reporters on a media call Friday.

Since the Spanish Flu pandemic (which killed 50 million), there have been three flu pandemics, according to the Washington State Department of Health, in 1957, 1968 and 2009, the latter being when a strain of the flu known as H1N1 killed about 284,000 people worldwide.

Speaking on Monday after a meeting of the department's scientific committee on vaccine-preventable diseases, Centre for Health Protection controller Dr Wong Ka-hing said the panel had agreed that doses meant for the southern hemisphere could be used to address the city's shortage. "It's a small price to pay compared to getting the flu".

Knowing that flu activity is about to increase in a community may also prompt individuals to get a flu shot, stay home from work when they get sick, and seek medical help if their illness worsens. There are also side effects of the flu vaccine, including soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, body aches, and low grade fevers.

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