The influenza season may approach its end, but health care professionals warn of the latest wave of a stronger strain of the virus that is more likely to cause hospitalization and death. [1
9659004] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that the widespread occurrence of the flu decreases from being prominent in 48 states, compared to 49 last week. Over the past two weeks, however, more diseases have been linked to strain A A3, which poses a greater risk to the elderly.
About 60 percent of the influenza virus samples tested last week were of troublesome strain. Earlier this year, the appearance of H3N2 officials in the World Health Organization led to the postponement of the decision on which strains to enter this year’s flu vaccine. The 2019 vaccine, as it turns out, is more effective against another strain, H1N1.
Last season, 80,000 Americans died of influenza and its complications, the disease the highest death rate for at least four decades. CDC officials estimate that there have been anywhere around 20,000 to 30,000 flu-like deaths so far this winter.
CDC official said there is a 90 percent chance that the flu season has peaked but that they still expect high flu activity for the next few weeks.
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As for prevention, the CDC continues to encourage those who have not been vaccinated.