The Florida Department of Health said there have been 8 new outbreaks, making it a total of 37 so far across the state this flu season.
Influenza viruses usually infect the respiratory tract. "We've been telling our patients for a long time to look out, because the flu numbers are going to be going up, so we're officially in flu season".
"The current flu season began two weeks earlier compared to past year", Madison told Ireland in an email. In recent years, about 70 to 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, according to the CDC.
The dominant strain of flu circulating this year - influenza A H1N1 - is also associated with "a higher burden of disease. among children than among adults", Maddison said.
It is a coincidence that people get ill because the flu shot is given out at the beginning of the most susceptible time of the year for many common cold type illnesses.
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Both CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto say they have seen many children with pneumonia recently, although it's not clear whether those cases are linked to the flu. It is important to get the flu shot on time, especially for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children, and older adults. This indicates a much higher activity of the virus this winter compared to previous winters, resulting in many more people becoming sick due to the flu. The flu causes USA employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays, at an estimated $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.
People with flu are most contagious in the first three or four days after their illness begins. And Dr. Williams says as we head into peak flu season, the vaccine looks good. It is true there are a few rare people who can not tolerate the flu shot, but they do not get the flu; instead, they have an allergic reaction.
But, if a parent has a signed statement from a healthcare provider showing that the child has a future flu shot appointment already scheduled, they will be admitted to class.
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But even if it weren't, the flu shot does more than prevent the virus, he said, noting that data suggests the vaccine can also help reduce the severity of infection - which in turn could prevent hospitalizations.