So far this flu season, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been predominant in the United States (the red bars in the graph below.) This information peaks the interest of those in the know as this particular strain is more concerning than others. "So, that's a bit of concern", she says.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher issued a warning to Minister Simon Harris on the Fianna Fáil website, asking that the resources are in place to deal with a possible surge in the number of people being admitted to hospital following a spike in the number of "Aussie flu" cases.
McGregor wrote on Instagram that he had been struck down by the virus during the New year, which he said had left him "shaking" in bed for two days.
To prevent the flu or at least minimize symptoms, Bennett says to get vaccinated and wash your hands frequently.
The Public Health Agency said getting the vaccine is the "single most important thing" anyone can do to protect against the virus - particularly an Australian strain which is reported to have claimed up to ten lives in the Republic in recent weeks. The nurses were instrumental in ME during the H1N1 flu outbreak in 2009, when vaccine clinics were set up all over the state, Carson said.
Dr. Mendoza is reminding people that the flu is a respiratory viral illness, and now is a good time to remind residents about ways to prevent the transmission of the illness. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season. Much of California, Texas and the southeastern USA are dealing with high numbers of flu patients.
People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
"Also, flu viruses change constantly (called drift) - they can change from one season to the next or they can even change within the course of one flu season".
"We are on the cusp of a major issue at least as bad as previous year, when it was described by the Red Cross as a humanitarian crisis", Dr Scriven said.
"In the majority of cases, this flu, while serious, can be treated at home".
Flu season is getting an early start in the Chattanooga area.
You can also get the flu shot at Rite-Aid or Kinney Drugs for about $38 if you have to pay out of pocket, but most insurances cover it. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients.
Dr. Mendoza says influenza is contagious up to one day before some has symptoms, and can remain contagious until about a week after the patient begins to have symptoms.
Flu complications, such as pneumonia, can result in hospitalization or even death.
Most people who get influenza recover after a few days, but some people may develop serious complications.
Between 600,000 and 2.4 million Pennsylvania residents will get the flu this year.