Flu Season Is Still Going Strong, the CDC Says

Alicia Farmer
March 11, 2019

However, over the last two weeks, more illnesses have been tied to the Type A H3N2 strain, which poses a more significant risk to the elderly.

Last season, an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications, the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. Earlier this year, the prominence of H3N2 led World Health Organization officials to postpone the decision about which strains should go into this year's flu vaccine.

The Department for Public Health reported Friday that flu activity in Kentucky is widespread for the tenth week in a row. The highest hospitalization rate last week occurred among adults 65 and older, at 107.7 per 100,000 population.

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The H1N1 virus strain has dominated this season, but H3 viruses have been circulating in the Southeast, according to Schaffner.

Hospitalization rates are a lot lower than last season, the CDC said.

Still Lancaster County Communicable Diseases Coordinator Tim Timmons, says the trend for flu incidences in going down, and he is not expecting a second wave of flu outbreaks, like we had in December. If you get these symptoms, get medical advice. Common antivirals include Tamiflu and Xofluza. It's not guaranteed to prevent you from getting the flu, sister station WKYT reports, but officials said it could lessen the severity of the symptoms.

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