The 2019-2020 Flu Season in USVI Is Underway

Henrietta Strickland
January 15, 2020

The state's online flu tracker shows the state's seen over 10,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza as of January 4.

There were 10,313 confirmed cases of influenza in the 2018-19 flu season in Maine.

This year appears to be quite the contrast.

Since September 29, 2019, 8,800 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers, with over 1,100 positive tests reported this week. Of these isolates, 97.9% belonged to the B/Victoria lineage.

Children are particularly susceptible to influenza B/Victoria.

The report also discusses the severe nature of the 2019-20 influenza season in the state of Louisiana.

Two children have died in Douglas County, according to the department.

The main strain going around this season is Influenza B. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases says children are especially prone to Influenza B and this year's vaccine isn't a very good match for it. In total, 158 individuals were treated at the aforementioned facility and 17 were from other facilities in the state.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months old and older, including pregnant women.

Among 83 influenza B viruses that were sequenced from the 198 individuals, 98% belonged to the influenza B/Victoria V1A.3 subclade, which first began circulating in the later part of the 2018-19 USA influenza season.

Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. To date, there have been 5,694 flu-related hospitalizations.

He noted that between January and June 2019, there were six deaths from the flu Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic 09 which is one of the two strains of the flu now circulating the island.

One of the best ways to prevent the flu from sidelining you this season is to get the flu shot-that's why you already got yours way back in October, which means you should be pretty much covered this year, right?

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