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    Posted: December 07 2019 at 7:03am
Flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus


Published Fri, Dec 6 20194:55 PM ESTUpdated Fri, Dec 6 20198:26 PM ESTv
    
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    The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.
    An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.
    Some experts think the early start may mean a lot of suffering is in store, but others say it’s too early to tell.


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Source:   https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/06/us-flu-season-arrives-early-driven-by-an-unexpected-virus.html
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The summary for the end of November notes unusual mix.

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The 2019-2020 flu season is underway for most of the country, however some parts of the country are still seeing lower levels of flu activity.

Activity is being caused mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year. H1N1 viruses are the next most common, followed by H3N2 viruses, which are decreasing in proportion.

The flu season is just getting started; elevated flu activity is expected to continue for weeks. It’s not too late to get vaccinated. Flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the risk from flu and its potentially serious complications.


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25% strike rate at this school

At Shakopee West Middle School in Shakopee, Minnesota, one-quarter of the students are sick with the flu -- 322 students.

Shakopee mom Kathy Young said, "Half of our hockey team was out of school today because of strep throat and flu-like symptoms."

A choir Christmas concert had to be postponed.

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2019/december/flu-is-sweeping-the-nation
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Flu deaths jump to 1,800: CDC

Children are particularly vulnerable to the flu and its complications.
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Erin Schumaker

20 December 2019, 20:44
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Deaths from the flu jumped this week, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 1,800 people had died and 32,000 people had been hospitalized, according to preliminary estimates the agency released Friday.

Of those deaths, 19 were among children, a group that's particularly vulnerable to the flu and its complications.

During recent past flu seasons, deaths among children have ranged from 37 to 187 fatalities.

All areas of the country saw an increase in flu activity for the week ending Dec. 14, with the highest flu activity clustered in 19 states, many of them in southern and western parts of the country.

Minnesota, which saw moderate flu activity at a state-wide level, reported 60 new flu outbreaks in schools for the week ending Dec. 14, according to the state health department

In total, the CDC estimates that 3.7 million people have gotten the flu so far this season.

As of right now, 2019-2020 flu activity is primarily being driven by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year.

In general, influenza B is more common in children, while influenza A, also known as H1N1, is more commonly seen in older adults, according to Dr. Jessica Grayson, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

It remains too early to say how severe this flu season will be or how long it will last.

Typical symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, aches, chills and sweats and fatigue, according to the Mayo Clinic.

While the flu might seem like a relatively minor disease, because it's so common, complications from the flu, which can include pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma flare-ups and heart problems, can be deadly.

People with weakened immune systems, adults older than age 65 and babies are all at a higher risk of contracting the flu, as well as at higher risk for developing complications from the disease.
If you experience flu symptoms, Grayson recommends staying home from work and other public places to avoid transmitting the disease to others. Wash your hands often and avoid others who are ill.

"Before going to your doctor's office, call," Grayson said. "They may have a different waiting room for those who are sick."

Getting vaccinated against the flu is the best way to protect against the disease, experts say.

Receiving the vaccine earlier in the season is preferable, because the vaccine takes about two weeks to kick in, but even partial protection against the flu can ward off the worst symptoms and make the duration of the disease less severe.

"It's not too late to get vaccinated," Grayson stressed. "We still have a lot of flu season left."

Guidelines for children are slightly different than they are for adults, according to the CDC. The agency is now recommending that some children between the ages of six months and 8 years old get two doses of the vaccine, spaced at least four weeks apart. The child's doctor or health care provider should determine whether he or she needs a second dose for the best possible protection against the flu.

Despite those recommendations, however, many Americans mistakenly believe that the flu vaccine doesn't work or has side effects. (Apart from soreness at the needle's injection site, there are no notable side effects linked to the flu vaccine.)

In part because of these misconceptions, only half of Americans reported that they planned to get the flu vaccine this year, according to a survey conducted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases this summer.




Source and map:   https://abcnews.go.com/Health/1300-people-died-flu-year/story?id=67754182
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