U.S. flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC

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(Worthy News) - The U.S. flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors' offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

Sixteen children died of the flu in the week ended Jan. 27, bringing total pediatric deaths to 53 for the season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report.

Out of every 100,000 people in the general population, an estimated 51.4 have been hospitalized for the flu, surpassing the rate in the last severe season of 2014-2015, when 710,000 were hospitalized and 148 children died. Adults aged 65 or older had the most hospitalizations, followed by those aged 50 to 64 and children below 5. [ Source: Yahoo (Read More...) ]

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2 thoughts on “U.S. flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC”

  1. Tamiflu does not prevent the flu. Flu vaccines prevent flu, sometimes, if they manage to have gotten the exact strain of flu in the current years vaccine. Even if you do get the flu, having had the flu vaccine usually helps to make you less ill than if you hadn't gotten one that year.

    What Tamiflu does that is so great is it makes the symptoms of the flu less so. For some people, esp infants and small children as well as those with compromised immune systems, it can make the difference between surviving or not if it's an esp (like this years) bad strain of flu.

    The patient has to get Tamiflu within the first 48 hours of coming down with the flu in order for it to be useful.

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