The family of 12-year-old Dylan Winnick, who died from the flu in Florida last week, said they were stunned by how quickly the virus took his life. In the tropics, the rate of infection is more constant throughout the year.
The flu is now widespread in 49 states, and doctors across the country continue to see more cases, more hospitalizations, and more deaths from influenza infections.
As a way to battle the spread of flu, Katherine Wells, director of public health at the Lubbock Health Department, said the Health Department has offered flu clinics every day this week as a response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation to encourage the flu vaccination.
These droplets are tiny and can remain in the air for extended periods if the relative humidity is low enough. Kids who got this year's shot as their first dose of flu were exposed to a few different strains of flu virus. "Just because we're trending down now doesn't mean we won't see another peak". "Studies have shown that of the children who died from the flu in the US last year, 85 percent were not immunized".
One person with influenza can shut down schools, offices and businesses. The faulty protection of the vaccine has allowed the contagious virus to spread more easily. Air from the higher elevations of the Santa Lucia Mountains will flow downward along the mountain slopes toward the Pacific Ocean, pulled by the never-ending force of gravity. A number that high would be a modern record.
Part of the challenge in making an influenza vaccine is that it has to be produced before the flu season begins.
News4 reached out to Dr. Robbert Cranfield with CareNow to find out how you can easily spot the difference between flu symptoms and the common cold. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
"You really need to stay home", Akpinar-Elci said. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
At this time of year, if you started to have a runny nose, cough, and fever, you'd probably think it means you're coming down with the flu.
Why are older adults getting so sick this year?.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. "That's kind of the easiest way to prevent inadvertently transporting something from your fingers into your nose or mouth, which is where these are going to grow".
Clean and disinfect hard surfaces or objects that might be contaminated with germs by wiping them down with a household disinfectant, according to directions on the product label.