While hospitalizations are hitting the elderly particularly hard, infants and children have been most heavily affected by the recent surge in DE flu cases in general.
Aaron died that night, making him one of more than 53 children to be killed by the flu this season, while Heather is one of the 20 reported deaths in the Dallas Fort Worth area this record-breaking flu season.
In America, there have been 2,355 flu-related deaths during the 2017-2018 season.
"It's not 100 percent accurate so what the CDC is telling you is that if you use the rapid flu test that just because you're negative doesn't necessarily mean you don't have the flu". You can develop the flu even after getting the flu shot, but the course of the virus is usually less severe.
"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness", said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director.
The dominant H3N2 strain, dubbed the "Aussie flu", has been wreaking havoc this year and the flu vaccine is only 34 percent effective against this particular strain.
"The kids who actually did receive the flu vaccine this year are a lot less sick than those who did not get the vaccine at all". On top of that, it is also very important to differentiate the two, which will highly depend on the symptoms that are present any person feels like they are coming down with something. What is unusual is the hospitalizations are greater than we've been seeing in the past several years.
Since the common cold and flu share similar symptoms, many people find it hard to tell the difference between the various symptoms. It apparently mutates at a higher rate compared to other strains.
"Other times, what we see is people have what seems like a typical flu illness start to get better and then they end up getting a bacterial infection because their respiratory system is kind of beat up from the flu". It's an early prediction, but flu season could drag on until May, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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'Supporting one's immune system with good rest and adequate hydration may help reduce the severity of symptoms, ' Dr Brian Secemsky, an internist at One Medical in San Francisco, told Daily Mail Online.
Flu symptoms include: cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, chills and body aches.
DPH has been contacted by schools concerned about large numbers of student absences due to widespread flu activity. But here in eastern North Carolina, Fischer says there's still plenty of the vaccine and antiviral to go around.