The pace of the infection is unusual.
Flu activity in Louisiana continues to be high throughout the state. In the same time period past year, UCSB Student Health had administered 1,794 vaccinations.
Adults and children have died.
Some professors have noticed students have been missing class at a higher rate than average. And as of this week, overall hospitalizations are now the highest we've seen.
Some employees may fear they will be disciplined or fired if they miss time from work because of the flu.
Jernigan is concerned that the death toll could also exceed the 2014-15 season. "That might be another reason that this flu season is bad because even most of the vaccinated people are at risk". They're normally passed through animals like wild birds as we saw in the the 2009 bird flu epidemic. However, Schuchat says, "we are by no means out of the woods".
Even though the season is well underway, it is not too late to be vaccinated.
"The main thing is to get a flu shot if you want to prevent it".
"Our district has not had a significant increase in hospitalizations and deaths", said Louise Anello, program manager of the Communicable Disease Control program.
"It's very rampant not only in our own county or New Jersey, but actually nationwide", said Nasir M. Ahmad, M.D., infectious disease physician at Riverview Medical Center, who says there are quite a few patients in the hospital right now.
Recent research has found that this year's flu vaccine is a poor match - less than 20 per cent - with the circulating strain of Influenza A, but a better match - about 55 per cent - with the circulating B strain. More than 2,800 vaccines were administered last Wednesday across the state, according to DHH. Nevertheless, the vaccine does offer some protection.
"What we do know is, regardless of the efficacy, it's the best protection we have against influenza and the complications", said Dr. Jennifer Russell.
CDC attributes the rapid flu transmission in the past three weeks of January mainly to children returning from school and contracting the virus. This is the 10th week that influenza-like illness has been at or above the national baseline. It can be mild, severe, and can lead to death.
Fever is not always a symptom of the virus. When he woke up with a fever, I took him to the pediatrician to rule out flu and strep throat. It is important to seek medical attention if the occurs, according to the CDC.
What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness? This puts the staff and other patients at risk. He believes he caught the Norovirus, a stomach illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
According to the CDC, 53 children have died from the virus so far, this season.
As of Saturday, county officials had confirmed 6,102 cases, 513 hospitalizations and 11 deaths during the 2017-18 flu season. This season will be longer than past year as it has not peaked.
The CDC said there are several strains of flu making people sick this winter. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.