Rutgers Expert: Flu 'Widespread' In New Jersey, So Get Vaccinated

High flu activity reported by hospital

More flu deaths reported in Douglas County over 65-years-old

Viruses can change-called antigenic drift-in between or during flu seasons, and the vaccine makeup is determined before the season even gets underway. The vaccines are developed annually based on forecasts by epidemiologists as to which strains of the virus will be in circulation in a particular year. Health officials say flu activity now considered "very high". While flu activity remains high - and above the national baseline of 2.4 percent - CDC indicators that track severity (hospitalizations and deaths) are not high at this point in the season, the CDC notes. "However, we do know it's not too late to get your flu vaccine". However, getting the flu shot can still save a child's life.

Tufton told the house that 2019 data from the ministry show that people 60 years and older, who are among the high-risk groups, are being severely affected.

Between 9.7 million and 14 million people have been stricken with the flu as of January 4, according to the latest CDC data, and officials say if this season stays on the track it's on, it's set to be one of the worst in decades.

Kilian Daugherty gets his nose cavity swabbed for the flu as his sister Madison, left, waits to be examined as well for flu symptoms. You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else a day before symptoms develop and up to seven days after becoming sick. Influenza is an airborne virus that can be spread when a person that has the virus coughs or sneezes. "So those are the ones that are most vulnerable for serious consequences from influenza".

"It does take about two weeks for it to reach its full capacity, as far as protection", Sutfin says. But children can also experience stomach pain or nausea and vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal discomfort.

Across all age groups, the number of flu deaths and hospitalizations have been relatively low, compared with previous seasons. People at higher risk for flu-related complications include children ages newborn to 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and people who have existing medical conditions such as asthma. We say, 'Oh, she's better.' She came into my room at night and said, "I can't walk".

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