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Flu season poised to be milder than last year's

Flu season poised to be milder than last year's

Experts advise using disposable disinfectant wipes on your desktop and everything you put your hands on every day during flu season. Photocopier buttons are rarely wiped down and usually a hotbed mashup of several types of germs that can make you ill.

Previous seasons, including last year's, indicate that while influenza A tends to spike earlier in the season, influenza B is more rampant in the late winter and spring months, Arnold said, "so getting a flu shot is still a good idea". Designing the correct immunization against flu means guessing which strain or strains will be the big ones, and then making an effective deterrent.

Meanwhile, four people have died of the flu so far this season in IN, according to the state's department of health.

Confirming the details, Dr Farooq Jan Medical Superintendent SKIMS said that so far nine people have died due to H1N1 since September at the only tertiary care hospital.

Three children's deaths related to the flu were reported in the week ending January 5, bringing the pediatric death toll to 16 for this season, according to the CDC.

Flu season numbers generally peak between December and February. Vaccines also work better against it, said the CDC's Dr. Alicia Fry. "We do know, however, that the main influenza virus circulating this year (H1N1) is the same virus that circulated in the 2009 pandemic, which also more severely impacted northern communities". While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits for flu-like illness in the US, this information can lag up to two weeks behind real time.

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In Oklahoma, the CDC reports flu activity is high.

It's important at this point in the season to keep an eye on vaccine supplies so that each community can continue to offer the shot, she said.

The number of children who died of flu increased.

Flu season is not over, and it's not too late to get vaccinated, Fry said.

Normally, he would advise parents of children with run-of-the-mill flu symptoms to treat them at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications to control fever. Specifically, influenza-like illnesses (ILI) this week peaked at 3.5 percent, whereas last year's ILI peaked at 7.5 percent.


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