CDC: Flu activity high in Louisiana

CDC: Flu activity high in Louisiana

Other meningitis deaths were noted at the Damango Senior High School in the Northern Region from meningitis, and the Bawku Secondary Technical School. DE flu shot clinics up and down the states.

Additional informational outreach has included a recorded radio program about flu symptoms and vaccinations, a Lunch and Learn event conducted by infectious disease physician Dr. Andrew Murry, information about the flu shared during the Fairfield County Fair and information sharing via social media. The other two states seeing high influenza volumes are MS and Louisiana.

The annual peak for flu season is still ahead, but already Southcoast Health doctors are seeing a pickup in the number of cases they have treated. The case rate for Georgetown County was 32 per 100,000, while Florence County had 31. "We know that the flu virus is very smart and it can mutate pretty quickly and so we'll have to see when we start to see more influenza".

Based on these new estimates, adults over age 75 and people living in parts of sub-Saharan Africa are most at-risk of dying from the flu, the study said, and people living in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia also face a high risk.

Vaccines for the swine flu are also expected in the country on Saturday.

It's still early in the flu season, but three U.S. states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity.

This year's flu vaccine may not be as effective at protecting people against one of the most common, nasty strains of the flu.

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One influenza-associated pediatric death has been reported so far this season in Texas.

"What's not measured is that, even if you get the flu in spite of the vaccine, your flu case is likely to be milder; you're less likely to have the complications of pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying", he said.

The effectiveness of the flu shot depends on the nature of the virus, and the strains that were used to make the vaccine.

Flu season goes from October until May each year.

More information on fighting the flu can be found here.

"The flu-shot-phobic people will hear that and say, 'Of course!"

"These findings remind us of the seriousness of flu and that flu prevention should really be a global priority", study co-author Joe Bresee, MD, associate director for global health in the CDC's Influenza Division said in the official press release.

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