CDC: Flu is widespread but season may be peaking

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"Elderly residents, especially those with other health conditions, can be especially vulnerable during flu season, as can pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and individuals whose immune systems are compromised", the ISDH said in a release issued Monday.

At UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the emergency room saw more than 200 patients on at least one day, mostly because of the flu.

He says that could mean younger people, who are more susceptible to catching the B strain, may get sick earlier, but it's hard to predict what the rest of the flu season will look like.

At this point, 80 percent of reported flu cases are this more severe strain, according to the CDC.

The rate of hospitalizations for laboratory-confirmed cases of flu doubled last week, rising to 22.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, up from 13.7 the prior week. "The season has started early, and it is probably peaking right about now", Jernigan added. The flu season is typically at its worst around February.

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Those are two of the key ways the CDC monitors the severity of a flu season.

In seasons when the predominant strain is H3N2, vaccine effectiveness tends to be lower than that against H1N1 and influenza B viruses, Jernigan said. It's especially unsafe for children and the elderly.

National health officials predict the flu vaccine may only be about 32 percent effective this year.

He also noted that it's not yet clear how effective this year's vaccine has been, particularly with the A strain.

"We've seen some on and off shortages but we have seen the warehouse show zero for Tamiflu quantity on hand", Winter said.

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Nevertheless, health officials are urging people to get vaccinated.

For those reasons, vaccination is still the best way to protect against the flu.

The strain, known as H3N2, mutates, making it hard to match what's in the vaccine to the virus circulating in the community, Kendall said.

"Rather than them getting ill in February or March, they've been getting ill in December and January", he said.

So far, more than 151 million doses of vaccine have shipped, Fitzgerald said at the media briefing.

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More Canadians are coughing, sniffling and sneezing though what health officials say is a flu season with higher than normal activity.

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