Health: Flu Epidemic

It seems that a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup just won’t kick the flu this year as reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surface that the flu has returned to epidemic levels. So what does “epidemic level” mean? 8.5% of pediatric-age deaths reported in the week ending on January 10th were caused by pneumonia or influenza. This brings the number of pediatric deaths for this flu season up to 45. Though this number is fairly high, experts are working to reassure the public that it is not unusual for the number of people infected with the flu to spike occasionally and that they believe it will return to normal soon.  If you feel the flu coming on, be sure to contact your doctor. A doctor can prescribe antiviral medications which will cut the time you feel symptoms from the flu in half.

Contributor: Phoebe Roe

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  1. Madeline Kaller     January 21, 2015 at 3:34pm

    Also, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that this season’s flu vaccine is not as effective as last year’s due to a mutation of the H3N2 flu virus. The H3N2 flu strain has drifted into a new subtype, so this season’s vaccinations are only about 48 percent effective at preventing people from catching the flu.

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