Flu widespread in NY; Officials urge New Yorkers to get flu shots

Posted December 17, 2017

The number and percentage of positive tests for influenza B also remains higher for this time of year compared to the same period during the past seven seasons, with five times the number of cumulative detection compared to the same period during the 2014-15, the report adds.

Four people in the state have died this flu season, with the Tulsa County flu fatality reported in the past week.

The latest data is from the week ending in December 2nd, though new data is expected out soon. Flu season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking in February. Overall in the state, there's an average of 11,182 influenza-related hospitalizations each flu season, according to the Department of Health. Persons over the age of 65 years will receive the seasonal flu vaccine free of charge. In the event you get vaccinated and still get the flu, which is admittedly possible, the flu shot may make your illness milder, which would be greatly appreciated by anyone who has experienced influenza. Current vaccines are said to provide better immunization against influenza B and influenza A (H1N1) viruses and offer lower protection against influenza A (H3N2) viruses.

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If you get sick, look out for severe aches and pains in your muscles and joints, notable fatigue and weakness, headaches and a high fever.

Australia had not only record high numbers of flu cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but also a flu shot that doesn't seem to be a good match for the predominant strains. One false misconception is that an individual can get flu from the vaccine.

However, as Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, pointed out, the flu has potentially serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis and sinus and ear infections.

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Visit www.tulsa-health.org for more information about the flu, including flu vaccination clinic locations and hours of operation, and accepted insurance and other methods of payment. "Statistical modeling with those results was used to generate an estimate of the number of flu-associated respiratory deaths for 185 countries across the world", according to the official press release.

Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 pediatric influenza deaths in NY and an average of 11,183 influenza-related hospitalizations each season.

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