Relief from relentless flu season in sight

Relief from relentless flu season in sight

There were 18 deaths from flu - including a Pitt County man - reported in the state last week, bringing the season total to 253 deaths, according to data published by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' public health division.

Health officials in the US say 114 children have died from the flu so far this season.

The percentage of doctor visits for flu symptoms dropped for a second week in a row, according to the latest indicators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 218 deaths in North Carolina through the entire season previous year, which ended on May 20.

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Flu cases are going down overall, but the virus remains rampant in many parts of the country. They say the virus continues to be elevated in the state. The nation's nasty flu season has been fading for two weeks now, and health officials now feel confident the worst is. But flu activity is still high and widespread nationwide.

This season of misery, fevers, chills, muscle aches and overwhelming fatigue has been especially severe because of the predominant flu strain circulating.

There are four species of influenza viruses - A, B, C, and D - and seasonal flu is caused by influenza A and B. Every year, different strains of these viruses circulate. A product is fraudulent if claims include that it will "prevent, treat or cure the flu" but the FDA has not evaluated it for that use, he explained.

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Edward Belongia, a senior epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Wisconsin who has studied flu vaccine effectiveness, found that the combined vaccine effectiveness during H3N2 seasons was 33 percent. "The problem is that we got a resistant strain out there".

"This year we have quite a lot of disease in the elderly and middle-aged adults", Schuchat said.

Most of the discussion related to the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine and one of the influenza B components, Webby said. Each year, tens of millions of people g.

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