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Hundreds struck down in flu epidemic as pressure increases on region's hospitals

12 January 2018

And while Australian Flu has been sweeping across the nation, another strain - Japanese flu - has also become more prominent, with a huge rise in cases.

Walgreens' flu index reports that Texas cities hold 9 out of 10 spots on the nationwide list of "Top 10 Designated Market Areas with Flu Activity".

For up-to-date tips and information about the cold and flu season, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Influenza B can also affect older people and is the strain that most often infects children. "The idea is to further isolate those folks and prevent an outbreak", he said.

So notably, this year the children's hospitals have been seeing a large number of flu cases. We are now seeing a mix of flu types, including the A (H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the United Kingdom and then in Australia.

In the Houston area, almost 42 percent of emergency room visits for flu-related symptoms have been from children, ages 4 and under.

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"You may be in contact with someone who has a lower immune system and you can pass it along to that person", Yee said.

Healthcare providers around Greater Williamsburg still have flu shots available to the public.

According to the National Institutes of Health, H3N2 viruses mutate and evolve more quickly than other strains, sometimes rendering vaccines less effective. This included 17 confirmed cases of the H3N2 strain. And even though the flu season is already underway, it's not too late to get the shot.

"It can reduce the severity of symptoms".

"It's relatively mild but there can be more serious cases". Rock Island County residents interested in getting a flu shot can call the health department at 794-7080.

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When people get sick after receiving the flu shot, it means they were incubating a virus at the time they received the vaccine and the infection blossomed days after.

Young children are being vaccinated for free because they are what experts call "super shedders", meaning they excrete more of the virus because their immune systems can not distinguish between what makes them ill and what will kill them.

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Even though both hospitals are reporting weekly to the state health department, the exact number of cases in San Angelo and the county are not known.

Nine influenza-associated deaths have been reported in Missouri from October to December 2017.

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- A spike in flu cases in NY and across the country has health officials urging people to get influenza vaccine if they haven't done so already.

Hundreds struck down in flu epidemic as pressure increases on region's hospitals