Although most people refer to it as the flu, there actually are many strains of the virus.
Typically in Canada, B strains come later in the season.
A number of modeling experts the agency works with are predicting that this year's flu season will peak around the end of this month, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, head of the agency's influenza division, told STAT. "And the counts are about the same in Texas in general, too", Burton said. Hand sanitizers are available at many hospital entrances and at other locations throughout these hospitals, including the doorways of many patient rooms. "Getting it during the holiday season is even worse", said Chakravarty.
As it's produced by the pharmaceutical companies, it contains strands adapted to grow in eggs.
"It's washing your hands, not getting out in crowds when you are feeling unwell", she said.
Health department officials urged anyone older than 6 months to get the flu shot to protect vulnerable people. The vaccine, a concoction that is designed each year to prevent the most dominant strains that researchers think will spread, is usually only 40 to 60 percent effective because it can not provide protection against all possible strains. "That means for hospitals in particular, employees who have not had the flu vaccine need to start masking and doing the extra protections to protect themselves and our patients from spreading the flu".
Individuals and families without health insurance should check with their county health department to find out if local clinics will be held to provide free or low-priced vaccinations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-ten states are experiencing high flu-like activity, including Louisiana.
Her regional statistics are added to reports from others and published online at www.dshs.texas.gov/flu/, including in "flu facts and weekly reports".
A McLean County resident is one of those who died.
The vast majority of hospitalized cases (1,567 cases, or 88.4%) were associated with influenza A virus, 192 (10.8%) with influenza B virus, 5 (0.3%) with influenza A virus and influenza B virus co-infection, and 8 (0.5%) with influenza virus for which the type was not determined.
Last week, there was a big jump in the number of cases reported by the medical community. Children should be taught to cover their coughs and stay home when sick, so as not to share their germs. "If you have guests, limit contact".
Some people, especially in the older generation, remember a habit of carrying facial tissue around by tucking them in one's pockets or just inside one's sleeves.
"Alberta and Saskatchewan have had fairly significant outbreaks with larger numbers of quite ill people so we anticipate that that may be what we'll anticipate to see here in Winnipeg over the next week or so", she said.
The medical professionals say the symptoms can pack a powerful punch but usually clear up within two weeks. In a typical flu case, symptoms include total body aches, muscle aches, joint aches, runny nose, cough, sometimes vomiting and a fever of 102 or 103.
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