Kids hit harder than adults this flu season in Manitoba

FluView map for week ending Dec. 22 2018 from the Centers for Disease Control

State health officials have confirmed the first death of a New Jersey child associated with the flu this season.

On average, it takes about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin.

The program is aimed at reducing morbidity, complications and mortality from seasonal influenza by improving the immunization coverage of people aged 65 and over, as well as by raising the awareness of the population of the risk of influenza and related complications and ways of prevention, the statement said.

On Monday, as the flu season progressed, the American Academy of Pediatrics released findings from five studies conducted from 2013-16, which show the nasal spray was less effective against influenza A than the injected form for all pediatric age groups.

Infectious disease experts David Cennimo at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School discusses this year's flu season and how you can protect yourself.

Every year in the USA, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths each year, data shows.

The virus has already claimed the lives of 13 children so far this flu season.

This time a year ago, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since.

The peak of the season is likely to be the Lunar New Year holiday, but the epidemic situation is expected to be relatively milder, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said. Including the other regions-in which the influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 strain is the most predominant in each-43 of the US' 54 jurisdictions are now reporting flu activity at regional or widespread levels.

People should also continue to practice good hygiene, like washing your hands, coughing into your sleeve, disposing used tissues and staying home if you're sick. "If you have not yet been vaccinated this year, it's not too late".

According to Cody, the individual who died had other medical conditions that put them at increased risk of severe complications from the flu. "Prescription flu medicine started early can shorten the duration of symptoms", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), told Healthline.

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