He cited pharmacy-based immunizations and a MA program where every patient is offered a flu shot at hospital discharge. "Facilities that are experiencing high rates of flu should ensure that they are cleaning and disinfecting regularly and that ill individuals are isolated to help prevent additional cases of the flu".
At Western Michigan University, Sindecuse Health Center has confirmed up to 32 cases of influenza through lab tests, according to Dr. Lisa Marshall, director of Sindecuse Health Center and a board-certified family physician.
"That's a signal of how very intense this flu season has been".
Beer said during past flu seasons, about 80 percent of flu-associated deaths in children have been those who were not vaccinated.
Butler said walk-in clinics in the area also are seeing a high volume of patients with flu-like symptoms.
'Unfortunately, more deaths are likely to happen. we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths, ' said Schuchat, according to Bloomberg.
Bellone: "We ask residents to obtain immunization against the flu to protect not only themselves but others". The number of flu-related hospitalizations in DE has also doubled, going from 158 this time past year to 398 so far this season.
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This year's flu vaccine proved more effective against three influenza strains, but the fourth, H3N2, proved challenging.
"Particularly if they have chronic health problems like heart disease or chronic lung disease as well as children particularly children under age four", said Acting State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris. So far 63 children have died this season.
The season has been dominated by the H3N2 flu strain, which usually is more virulent, but the virus itself doesn't seem to be much different from previous H3N2 strains. So far, 66 people in the state of Georgia have died during the flu outbreak this season and about three-quarters of those deaths are patients 65 and older.
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.
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"Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, weakness, aches and pains", Edelman said in a lung association news release.
"We're still characterizing this year's virus", Schuchat said.