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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:44 PM

US flu season poised to be milder than last year's harsh one

Source: AP news

Itís early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winterís unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.

In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu that dominated a year ago, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines also work better against it, said the CDCís Dr. Alicia Fry.

Last season, an estimated 49 million Americans got sick from the flu, 23 million went for medical care and 960,000 were hospitalized.
An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications ó the diseaseís highest death toll in at least four decades. In recent years, flu-related deaths have ranged from about 12,000 to 56,000, according to the CDC.

Some doctors and nurses were anxious going into this flu season, considering how bad last year was, said Dr. James Steinberg, chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. But so far it hasnít been nearly as severe. ďIt seems more like a typical flu season,Ē he said.

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/3d3ee2089ca34da0b79c82f615597c0f

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:00 PM

1. I've been fighting tooth and nail to convince my patients to get their vaccines.

I've been about 70% successful this year. Had another success just this morning. The refusers get kicked out of the clinic. I wish them luck finding a licensed medical provider who will put up with their anti-vaxxer bullshit.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:24 PM

3. Distant cousin posted on FaceBook about swabbing triple antibiotic in your nose to prevent Flu.

I told her the only way an antibiotic will help with a flu virus is if your goop your nose up with enough to keep you from touching it with your hands.


The ideas that some people come up with...

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Response to LakeSuperiorView (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:47 PM

4. Hadn't heard that one.

I thought I'd heard them all...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:02 PM

2. Great news..!!!

Last years was shutting down small towns in kansaas...

No schools...no govt activity what so ever...Towns
of 4 - 6 hundred population..

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