Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

"There's a lot of sort of random chance - depends who gets the flu, what else they're sick with - but I'm certainly really glad to see that the number of deaths does appear to be a lot lower than they were previous year at this point".

This year's flu season, predicted to be relatively mild, is defying expectations.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop, but you'll be ready for when the flu peaks which is usually late January, early February.

Allison, a kindergartner in Missoula, Montana, loved to dance and to hang out with her big brother, Matt, and her little sister, Daisy.

"We activate our Visitor Limitation Policy for the health and safety of our patients", said Kathy Guyette, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals. "We were blessed with her life, and we miss her dearly". Treatment with antivirals is the most helpful within the first 48 hours of symptoms presenting. "I didn't know I was going to lose my baby".

Influenza activity is considered moderate as the US enters the peak of flu season. Two other children have also been taken ill with the disease.

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There are already 1,457 reported flu cases, which is slightly higher than what was reported this time last season. "Researchers working for the CDC estimate that the next great flu pandemic will cost the country anywhere from "$71.3 to $166.5 billion", and those numbers don't necessarily reflect the flu's full effects on the economy.

For more on the flu, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It is not too late to get your flu vaccine".

Health officials urge everyone to get the flu vaccine, especially young children, the elderly and pregnant women, who are all the most susceptible to getting sick.

Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness), if you are able. Last year was a really bad flu year.

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