In Georgia, there have been 51 confirmed flu-related deaths as of February 2, according to the Georgia Department of Health.
The health department is located at 3130 Victoria Blvd. He also claims this condition, in its common state, is not as unsafe as current influenza.
About half of the children who died from the flu this season were healthy and did not suffer from pre-existing conditions like asthma.
Menzies-Boule said that the flu season is far from over "and we usually see a second wave of the flu caused by the B strain". This data comes from the latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you do not decide to seek medical care, stay home to prevent the spread of influenza.
Schuchat said this is a banner year for hospitalizations caused by the flu.
The CDC expects the 2017-2018 flu epidemic to be the most deadly since the 2009-2010 that killed 284,000 people worldwide and 657 Californians.
But, the question remains, is the flu vaccine as effective as years past?
If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or anxious about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.). "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ".
It is essential to maintain proper hygiene to reduce the chances of getting the flu. Image credit ABC
"Getting vaccinated is especially important for people who are at high risk for infection, such as students (who live and study in crowded areas), health care workers, those who smoke, those over 50 and children under 2 years of age and those with weakened immune systems", according to the site.
"A second wave of flu typically occurs each year, therefore we encourage the public to get their flu shot".
A doctor and nurse confer inside a room used for flu patients at Northside Hospital in Cumming, Ga.
Russell contends this season's vaccine does offer "good protection" against the B strain, which New Brunswick is seeing more of than usual, and is worth getting. People with flu should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
CDC attributes the rapid flu transmission in the past three weeks of January mainly to children returning from school and contracting the virus.
While it is still possible to catch the flu if a person receives the flu vaccine, Javanbakht said those who are vaccinated and fall ill tend to be ill for a shorter amount of time and experience less extreme symptoms.
While medical professionals tout washing hands frequently and covering mouths when coughing, Hawkinson said they also recommend people get the vaccine as well, despite uncertainty about its effectiveness.