Why this year's flu is hitting kids hard

Here's How Many People Have Caught the Flu So Far This Season (Hint: It's a Lot)

Here's How Many People Have Caught the Flu So Far This Season (Hint: It's a Lot)

The Indiana State Department of Health says four people have died of the flu so far this season.

Provisional data on how well this season's flu vaccine is working to prevent people from getting sick won't be available for at least several more weeks, according to the CDC.

"According to the CDC, we now have a high moderate regional outbreak", said James Frame, an emergency room physician at Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center in Sherman.

The 2018-2019 flu season is the first season CDC has reported in-season burden estimates of flu in the U.S.

Although health care officials can't be certain until after the flu season, it appears that this year's vaccine was fairly effective.

The U.S. saw one of the worst flu outbreaks in almost a decade during the 2017-2018 season, with more than 900,000 cases of hospitalizations and over 80,000 deaths, the CDC estimates.

The Department of Health noted that "influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses".

Fifteen states reported high levels of flu activity as of the week ending January 5.

And one of the most common complications from the flu is pneumonia, which is especially risky for the very young and the elderly. While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits for flu-like illness in the US, this information can lag up to two weeks behind real time.

Women with the flu who weren't hospitalized or were hospitalized but not admitted to the intensive care unit didn't have significantly higher risks for any of the complications studied, the researchers said. Experts advise using disposable disinfectant wipes on your desktop and everything you put your hands on every day during flu season.

She said the warning is especially important for parents of children under the age of five.

CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination as the best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications, including death in children.

Flu season numbers generally peak between December and February.

The machine learning was fed data from the two models and actual flu data to make the predictions as accurate as possible.

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