CDC: Flu season could peak early this year

Henrietta Strickland
December 8, 2019

Measures of influenza activity monitored by CDPH are showing flu season has started earlier in California than in recent years.

"Elderly vaccine recipients should bring their National Health Insurance card and national identification card, while parents of young children should bring their Children's Health Booklet", he said.

This year alone there have been five pediatric deaths across the country from flu related complications so far.

Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu.

Public Health officials said it's very important for people who have not yet received a flu shot to do it now.

"On an average flu season, there are about 36,000 flu deaths, you know, in an average year", Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said.

The CDC has established a specialized flu prevention Web site (https://antiflu.cdc.gov.tw) that provides contact information, addresses and maps, as well as opening hours of healthcare facilities where eligible vaccine receivers can get vaccinated near their homes, Chuang said.

Cover coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or disposable tissue. Another part of hand hygiene is to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Both CDC and CDPH recommend the vaccination annually for those over the age of 6 months. The highest rate of hospitalization was among adults 65 years of age and older - 7.0 people per 100,000 population - followed by children up to four years of age - 4.6 people per 100,000 population. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. However, a team of researchers from NY are rethinking how vaccines target the virus in the hopes that a universal flu vaccine may someday become a reality. The early symptoms can be similar to those associated with influenza or other respiratory conditions. That's because each year, the two strains of the flu virus change their genetic make-up, and thus the vaccines needed to stave off the flu must change too. If you visit your health care provider for symptoms you think might be influenza, be sure to tell your provider about your use of e-cigarettes or vaping.

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