Flu season: 'It's still not getting any better out there'

At least 37 children has died from flu-related complications this season

USA health officials said rates of people admitted to the hospital for flu are very high and that hospitalizations could top 700,000 by the end of the season.

This year's flu outbreak is continuing to be one of the worst in years, with the CDC reporting that an additional 16 children have died this week of influenza, bringing the total to 53, the Daily Mail reports.

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. For more information go to publichealth.lacounty.gov or call 2-1-1. This strain is included in this year's flu vaccine, but viruses can change and this particular strain tends to mutate more than other strains. Strains of the flu with more noteworthy immunization defenselessness are relied upon to end up noticeably more typical as the season advances, she included.

So far, however, deaths this season from the flu and flu-related pneumonia have lagged a little behind some recent bad seasons. "The best thing you can do for yourself is to get the flu shot yearly and to get it early".

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"H3N2 is still the dominant strain this season", Jernigan.

"We are seeing a little bit of a decline over the last week or two in total numbers of people coming in with the flu but there is still a lot", said Glenn Williams, Medical Director of Urgent Care at Ohio Health. But next door in Wayne County there are 148 confirmed flu cases, or one case in 349.

Cutspec emphasized the importance of proper hand washing, staying home when sick and utilizing the Health and Counseling Center.

Despite this, some people refuse to get it due to misconceptions about the vaccine.

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Symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches and can cause people to miss between three to five days of work or school. Public health officials and doctors have warned not to just assume these symptoms are that of the common cold.

"Over thanksgiving break I made it a priority to get my flu shot from my primary care doctor", said Hussey.

As for how students should protect themselves, White said doing similar sanitizing practices will help them from contracting the flu. Reduced effectiveness aside, the vaccine still has protective effects-and is particularly important for preventing flu transmission to those who are more vulnerable to the virus, such as the immune compromised, the elderly, and the young.

Children with asthma are at a higher risk of getting the flu and developing complications, so parents should have had them vaccinated already and have asthma treatments on hand and ready to use quickly, Peterson said.

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