Do you know ANYONE who hasn’t had this crap this year?
“This year we are seeing much more flu compared to last year with two new flu strains,” Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County health commissioner, said Friday in a written statement. “Fortunately both of these new flu strains are part of this year’s vaccine.
“The key to preventing influenza is vaccination,” she said. “The vaccine is widely available today in physicians’ offices, pharmacies and various community sites.”
New York is among 29 states, up from 16, which reported high levels of influenzalike illnesses for the week of Dec. 23-29, and nine states reported moderate levels, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its latest FluView report. The 29 states with high levels included Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Nationwide, 18 children have died this season with flu-associated illnesses, the CDC said.
For the fourth straight week, the proportion of people seeing a health care provider for influenza-like illness rose above the national baseline, the CDC said. Although most people usually recover from flu without complications, the virus poses more risk for people younger than age 2, those over 50, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions.