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Flu Spreading Rapidly in US

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 01:28 PM

 
The flu season is just beginning to pick up, dropping more than a few lumps of coal into Christmas stockings all across the United States. Although the Centers for Disease Control stated that deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza were below the epidemic threshold, four children died of flu during the week of December 7-13.

Out of the 10 regions in the United States, nine reported influenza-like illness at or above average for their area, with 13 states reporting high activity. These 13 high-activity states include much of the Deep South as well as  states as far west as Texas, as far north as Minnesota, and as far east as Virginia.

A major part of the problem is that this year's influenza strain has mutated since the vaccine was formulated, so the vaccine doesn't match the H3N2 strain that's going around as well as researchers had hoped. The CDC stated that the current vaccine is closely related to only about 48 percent of the samples taken from flu patients.

Even though the vaccine isn't a good match, experts still urge people to get a flu shot, claiming it will offer them a measure of protection. And it's not too late, they stress, since flu can persist into May.

Health experts also urge anyone who gets the flu to get an antiviral medication immediately. Tamiful and Relenza can shorten flu symptoms by two days if taken early.

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