They've already had 104 admissions for the illness.
At Oneida's Fast Pace urgent care clinic, patients were reportedly warned of a three-hour wait on Friday. "Widespread" means that more than 50 per cent of geographic regions within the state are reporting flu activity.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the United States is entering peak flu season. Between 5% and 20% of the USA population get the flu each year at a cost of $10.4 billion a year in direct medical expenses, according to the CDC.
"It's a more active flu season than we saw past year".
"We've been working essentially with the same vaccine (techniques) over the last 40 years".
And the vaccine available in the US was reported as only 10 percent effective in preventing illness from H3N2.
To protect pediatric patients, mothers and newborns from flu viruses circulating in our region, all Samaritan Health Services hospitals will limit visitors in birthing centers, beginning January 4.
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"There's a lot of confusing information being provided from multiple news sources that the flu shot has been only 10 percent effective", says.
Vaccines can be tricky, as global medical researchers attempt to include the strains of flu most likely to be circulating. Influenza vaccine effectiveness has also been lower against A (H3N2) viruses that against influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 or influenza B viruses. Morrow said it looks like the H3N2 type of virus will predominate this winter, just as it did previous year. "But this year we started seeing it earlier in November, even October in Calgary Zone, so this year is a bit different".
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the elderly and young children are particularly susceptible to the flu.
These steps will help protect from the flu; however if you get the flu, drink clear fluids, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever and muscle aches, and get plenty of rest. The flu season is also increasing at a rapid rate in only a matter of weeks.
Modi said it is not too late to get the vaccine.
It's also extremely important for pregnant women to be vaccinated to protect their unborn children. A child in the central part of the state died last week from complications associated with influenza infection.