Flu deaths rise in Iowa

CDC Flu is widespread but season may be peaking

CDC Flu is widespread but season may be peaking

According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week.

In the last week, flu deaths in England have gone up by 50% with 27 new victims. So, if your body recognizes the flu, something that resembles the flu virus even, if it's not the exact match but it still resembles the flu virus, it will help launch a defense against it.

The particular strain of H3N2 flu that is affecting the United Kingdom is similar to the type that Australia suffered from earlier this year, during their winter.

The vaccine was said to have had only 10 percent effectiveness in Australia where a record number of people died previous year because of influenza.

CDC has helped more than 60 countries build surveillance and laboratory capacity to rapidly detect and respond to influenza threats, including viruses with the potential to cause global pandemics.

The flu shot for the 2017-2018 flu season is well-matched to the viruses that are circulating around the world, but it is not very effective in preventing illnesses with the most severe types of flu. The website also reported that UAB Hospital is rescheduling some non-emergency elective surgeries which were originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday due to the hospital being over capacity due to flu patients. "If the whole industry does that, they could make needed changes to the vaccine more quickly".

In all, 218 people died during the 2016-17 flu season, most occurring from mid-February through mid-April.

- Anyone with cold or flu symptoms coming to the Hospital for services must wear a mask.

Both hospitals were diverted last night from time to time because of the influx of patients suffering flu-like symptoms.

Despite that, health-care workers say it's still important for Canadians to get their flu shot - partly, they say, because some protection against H3N2 is better than none.

How can you treat flu yourself? "People get confused with saying that's influenza".

See your doctor if: Your symptoms don't improve after a week You're anxious about your child's symptoms You're 65 or over You're pregnant You have a long-term medical condition - for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease You have a weakened immune system - for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV When should you call 999 or go to A&E? (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).

The single best way to protect children and adults from the flu is to get a flu shot. Ask your GP if you are concerned.

One risk factor may be whether you were born before 1968.

Another result of the harsh flu season is the number of influenza outbreaks in Kentucky's long-term care facilities.

If you are sick, stay home from school or work. Take a few minutes every now and then to stop and think and breath.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Sleep - Go to bed.