Flu hospitalizations, deaths on the rise during brutal season

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Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. Meanwhile, in MS, more than 100 nursing homes have been hard hit by flu outbreaks.

This year's flu season has been brutal on the mainland, and is responsible for dozens of deaths.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that at least 30 children died from the flu in the past few months.

This year's flu season got off to an early start, and it's been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs.

This possibly deadly illness makes no discernment of persons: Those diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially those on dialysis, are at a much greater risk for complications. Of course, this number is likely higher, since not everyone who gets the flu checks in with a doctor.

Local health experts and the CDC have pushed antiviral medications more this season to treat the overwhelming numbers of infected people.

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The flu became intense last month in the U.S. The last two weekly report show flu widespread over the entire continental United States, which is unusual. "Then get down to the basics like eating healthy foods and hydrating to keep your immune system up".

Dr. Matthew Warner, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Inspira Health Network, said there has been a significant increase in patients with flu-like symptoms over the past week at Inspira's Bridgeton, Elmer and Vineland emergency departments.

Thirty-two states reported high patient traffic last week, up from 26 the previous week. There were 50 patients during that same time period in January 2017.

The flu shot doesn't contain a live virus.

Health experts emphasized that it is never too late to get the flu vaccine at local heath care providers offices and centers, pharmacies and health departments.

It can cause a miserable but relatively mild illness in many people, but more severe illness in others. "They also have to be vaccinated, as well as older folks".

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