ODH also reports 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH during the first week of January, a significant increase over 925 reported during the last week of December. That spike is comparable to the amount seen during the entirety of last year's flu season, and local hospitals have felt the strain.
Rodriguez said this year's strain has a much more H3N2 influenza than H1N1 influenza.
Canada's flu shot was less effective than usual this year, said the National Post.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw previous year at this time.
Wischmeier says it's still worthwhile getting a flu shot, even though the season has been underway in full force. "It's always the best defense against the flu and to protect yourself, your family and those around you".
In response to all of those people getting sick, Mercy Health St. Rita's has officially made the decision concerning people that are thinking about stopping by and seeing a loved one - if you're feeling sick with the flu, they're asking you to please stay home. While the flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, people who still get sick may have milder symptoms.
Statewide, flu is widespread and at levels nearing peak season, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.
At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year. H3N2-dominant flu seasons are associated with more severe illness, especially among children and older adults. OH does not have a flu shot shortage.
KRMC saw 39 flu patients the week before Christmas, 78 the week after Christmas and 86 in the first week of the New Year, spokeswoman Teri Williams said.
CDC recommends that healthcare providers prescribe one of two antiviral drugs as a second line of defense as soon as possible to patients with confirmed or suspected influenza who are hospitalized, have severe illness, or may be at higher risk for flu complications. "However, if the next person that walks in is sicker than you, they will go first".
However, "influenza is a very serious illness, so if you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Department of Health Services.
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