CDC: Flu activity increasing in New York City

Grant Boone
January 5, 2019

The season will run from August 1, 2018, through July 31, 2019. That compares to just 19 cases reported for the week ending December 8.

State health officials say this year's flu season started on October 1 and runs through May. "We kind of saw a blip a couple weeks ago, and it went down a little bit".

However, in more severe cases symptoms can escalate leading to more serious conditions such as pneumonia.

This year's predominant strain, H1N1, also known as swine flu, tends to disproportionately affect children and adults under 50, said Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Martin says though cases in Minnesota are ramping up, it's still too early to tell if the strain is indeed H1N1.

In addition, North Dakota has reported three flu-related deaths in the most recent flu season. That's more than double the number of states from the previous week.

"Flu is likely very underreported", Galbraith said.

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Question: There are lots of colds circulating, how do you if it's a cold or the flu?

Question: We know it's important to get the flu shot. The year before, the cost of treating flu patients across the country came out to just over $10 billion, according to a report from CNBC. A report from Med Express claims that American businesses lose, on average, more than $16 billion during each flu season. "Every season is different". Last year's season was thought to have been particularly rough.

Hardest hit thus far has been the Southern U.S., covering a ten state sweep from SC all the way to New Mexico and even up to Utah.

"Last year was a relatively busy season for flu and this year looks like another busy season."
And activity is "starting to increase" in this season, Schultz said.

She shared that the most at risk are young children, the elderly, and anyone with immune deficiencies.

Calgarians may be sneezing a bit less frequently in this new year but a public health doctor wants you to remember that flu season isn't over yet.

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