Strains of the flu with more noteworthy immunization defenselessness are relied upon to end up noticeably more typical as the season advances, she included.
The influenza virus has taken its toll on Connecticut this season; the flu has been classified as widespread for six weeks now by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Getting a vaccine can also reduce the length of the flu if you do get sick. Segreti was unclear as to the overall economic burden this year's season will put on Rush, but acknowledged caring for older patients is often more resource-intensive. Another hospital in the Atlanta area this week set up a mobile ER outside to handle flu cases.
" I didn't get it because the flu shot gives you the flu and I have classes I can't miss", Hall said.
Regarding the deaths of children from the flu, only about 20 percent of those children who died had been vaccinated, according to Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza division.
The flu usually peaks in February.
And there are some signs the flu season will continue to get worse.
Though the national flu season begins in October and goes through May, Houston's is typically most active in January through March.
Some good news: Illnesses seem to be easing a bit on the West Coast.
This year's vaccine includes protections against both H1N1 and H3N2. How well it worked won't be known until later this month. While Chinese experts said it has passed its peak in China and will continue to ease through the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays, US official said Americans "probably got several weeks left of increased flu activity".
It is not the only flu strain circulating.
Generally, said federal officials, the US season is on track to be the worst since the swine flu pandemic of 2009.
The CDC has even issued a serious warning about this year's particularly risky strain, asking people to be as diligent as possible in protecting themselves from the flu by getting a flu shot, washing hands often, covering their mouths when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone who has the flu.
The cold winter in many parts of the country may also have played a role, keeping people indoors and helping flu bugs to spread, said Dr. David Weber, a University of North Carolina flu expert.
The CDC does not know if flu season has peaked and with many weeks ahead, it's urging people to get a flu shot if they haven't already.
"A common misconception is that the flu shot gives you the flu virus".
Despite this, some people refuse to get it due to misconceptions about the vaccine. She demonstrates the "magic trick" of sneezing or coughing into the crook of an arm.