Influenza, referred to as the flu, is now prevalent in New York, Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said this week, meaning that any healthcare workers who have not yet been vaccinated are required to wear masks around patients. That's above the region's baseline of 3.3 percent for the past week.
The bulk of cases were in Fairfield County, which had 49 people test positive for the flu. The Journal reports that according to the Australian Government Department of Health influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated, and the preliminary estimate of vaccine effectiveness against influenza A (H3N2) was only 10%.
As the vaccine for this year's northern hemisphere flu season is the same, that could mean the season may be especially severe. "Even in 2017, Americans die from influenza and influenza-related illness".
Persons with chronic health problems that are at risk of complications from the flu, e.g. diabetics, asthmatics and those with heart disease.
Across the Commonwealth, the highest number of flu-related hospital visits reported are in very young children - from newborn to four-years-old.
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"We're just starting to see an uptick", he said.
William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, said these revised estimates could prompt greater adoption of better methods of diagnosing and tracking flu strains around the world. Some 39.8 percent were vaccinated at this time last season.
"We ask that individuals not come to the hospital to visit patients if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms including cough, sore throat, headache and/or fever".
"If you get the flu shot, at least you've done everything in your power to keep from getting it", McCoy said.
"For more information on influenza here under Disease Fact Sheets". "But it is a wise choice - it's a healthy choice".
The data was for the week ending December 2, the most recent information available from the CDC.
It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be effective and flu is already active in our community, Lantrip said.
If you are sick, stay home.