The nation's nasty flu season has been fading for two weeks; health officials say the worst is over.
The good news is, the worst of the flu season may have passed in many areas, but it is still expected to hang around through April. "There's still time for illnesses and viruses to circulate". He also offered a tip for North Carolinians ahead of next year's flu season.
Flu cases are going down overall, but the virus remains rampant in many parts of the country.
In British Columbia, Scheifele said flu rates are declining but still high.
This year's influenza virus has been particularly hard to fight, as new strains pop up as the season wears on, making it tough to mass-produce an effective vaccine. Valiani warned North Carolinians to not let their guard down even though this year's flu season has peaked and the trend is likely to spiral downward.
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This season of misery, fevers, chills, muscle aches and overwhelming fatigue has been especially severe because of the predominant flu strain circulating.
That figure now stands at about 17 percent. "In terms of sheer numbers, kids bear the great burden of influenza disease". This flu season was no different - the Toronto hospital said between December 1, 2017, and Feb. 20, 2018, it has had an average occupancy rate of 108 per cent, rising to 111 per cent in February. "Although a 30-percent chance of effectiveness is not ideal, if you told someone that a vaccine had a 30-percent chance of preventing death from a seizure, they'd jump at it".
"We're still above that 10 percent, so there is still flu circulating", Thomas said. "The problem is that we got a resistant strain out there".
Most of the discussion related to the H3N2 component of the flu vaccine and one of the influenza B components, Webby said.
The FDA is concerned that the virulence of this year's flu might tempt people to buy bogus or unreliable treatments from online pharmacies.