Flu cases top 40 in county so far this season

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"With flu cases on the rise, New Yorkers should take steps to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones", Governor Cuomo said. Statistics show 17,362 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza were reported.

"We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing". Los Angeles County health officials, whose jurisdiction does not cover Long Beach, which has its own health department, announced earlier this month that 36 people have died in the county so far this season. "It's a common illness that can spread quickly from person to person". While anyone, particularly individuals who are not vaccinated, can contract the flu, the illness is especially risky for certain groups, including: people aged 65 and older; children younger than 2 years old; people of any age with chronic medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, or lung disease; and pregnant women.

It's not too late to get vaccinated.

"Unfortunately there is still a significant portion of the population that does not get immunized, for whatever reason", said Dr. Henry Dorkin, president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

"Influenza continues to be one of our top public health concerns". "It's still wise to get a vaccine". Folks in these groups are at greater risk of severe flu complications, like hospitalization and even death.

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Flu vaccines are available through your doctor, and most health insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine.

Labs around the US are working on ways to combat this "super flu", such as a new type of vaccination that would could lead to only the elimination of the annual fall vaccine and instead require a shot once every five or 10 years. At this point, it is not clear whether the current flu season will surpass those estimates, Jernigan said.

The dominant strain during this flu season is an especially nasty type called influenza A (H3N2) that in seasons past has been linked with severe disease and death, especially in the elderly and young.

Compared with those who were not tested, those tested tended to be younger (age 58 vs. 66, on average) and more likely to display signs of a "flu-like illness" (71 percent vs. 49 percent). They took samples from each participant during the first 3 days after their symptoms emerged.

Brantner said if more people got the recommend seven to eight hours of sleep, society would become healthier in general.