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Jane Weaver and Felix Gusone, MD
Influenza is widespread in 36 countries, with at least 1
According to the CDC there are 136,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1, 2018 and January 19, 2019, with the worst cases among Americans aged 65 and over. Three more children died in the week between January 12 and January 19, bringing the total number of seasons to 22, roughly the same number of children who died of influenza at the same time last year.
Schools across the country, including the provinces of Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota, and Tennessee, report finishing this week due to flu. later waves of different strains such as influenza B.
"I see mainly influenza A, but I'm starting to see a few B," says the pediatrician Dr. Shilla Patel of Rockley, New Jersey. "Simple influenza B is more intense than influenza A."
Is it too late to shoot out flu?
"I think the vaccine does a great job this year and we see a mild flu in children," Patel said. "People eventually feel so comfortable and think it's a mild season of flu, but they still need to be vaccinated."