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to Jane Weaver and Felix Gussone, MD.
Influenza is now prevalent in 36 states and has since at least 11.4 million people have been infected with the flu since October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday. There is no indication that the current pandemic is as deadly as the flu season (80,000 deaths in the US) in 2017-2018, but the incident has not yet reached its peak. The CDC expects the flu epidemic to continue for several weeks.
The CDC estimates that there were 136,000 flu outbreaks between October 1, 2018 and January 19, 2019, with the most serious cases among Americans over 65 years of age.
From January 12 to January 19, three children died in a week, and the number of children who died of the flu in the same period last year increased to 22.
Schools across the country, including Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota and Tennessee, have been closed for influenza this week.
Until now, the influenza A (H1N1) virus has been the most common in the United States since early October, but other strains such as influenza B can come out.
"Most influenza has flu, but group B has started to appear," said Shilpa Patel, a pediatrician in Rockley, New Jersey. "In general, flu B is more intense than flu A."
Is it too late to get a flu shot?
CDC has not reported how well the 2018-2018 flu season vaccine protects against circulating viruses, but there is still time to catch ankle.
Patel said, "This year the vaccine has performed well and we are experiencing mild flu." People feel too comfortable and think it is a mild flu season, but they still need to get vaccinated. "