FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) – The flu season is picking up steam, with about 7 million Americans having been struck by the flu virus, health officials said Friday.
Almost half of those folks went to a doctor , while between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized for the flu-related illness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new release.
As of Jan. 5, 15 states and New York were high flu activity reporting, and it was widespread in 30 states.
The most common type of flu around is the influenza A strain H1N1. That strain has been circulating and was pandemic in 2009 and in 1
In 1918, H1N1 flu killed 50 million people around the world. But the current vaccine works exceedingly well against H1N1 – it is up to 65 percent effective, which is highly effective for a flu vaccine, according to the CDC.
"H1N1 is the most common [strain] in most of the country , "Lynette Brammer, head of the CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team, said last week. "H3N2 virus is more common than ever."
The influenza A H3N2 strain is the one that made last year's flu season so severe. According to the CDC, flu activity was widespread in 30 states – Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana. Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming. 19659002] The CDC doesn't track adult deaths, but they do keep tabs on deaths. As of Jan. 5, total 16 "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks."
The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to get a shot, and there is plenty of time to get vaccinated, she said.