Flu outbreak has killed at least 63 children: CDC officials

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It's an early prediction, but flu season could drag on until May, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"You never know until the end of the season how bad it is", Fauci told CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett on this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. "It's common for there to be dips and then more cases when we see a new subtype", she said.

This season has also seen the highest flu hospitalization rate since 2010, according to a KSDK report.

Coordinate with pharmacies to provide expanded information on vaccine availability, ages served, and hours available on the Department and pharmacy websites. "We could potentially see several more weeks of increased flu activity". "Another man came in with flulike symptoms and collapsed at our front door".

Experts also reminded people that they can not get the flu from the flu shot. "They were born in the era of H1N1 and have some protection, but were exposed to H3N2 late in life and haven't built immunity over time, which is why they are more susceptible to that strain", he said. People with the flu are infectious for up to seven days after symptoms begin.

The scientific community has established the overall efficacy and safety of both flu and childhood vaccines. But this year, many hospitalized patients have been between the ages of 18 and 49. Only Hawaii and OR are seeing overall drops in infections.

The Department of Health's website links to each local health department providing the public a one-stop-shop approach to individual counties' expanded efforts. Schuchat said it isn't too late to be vaccinated against influenza, and even those patients who have been infected with influenza A this season could benefit from immunization, since people can get sick a few times.

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Additionally, the data show 1 out of every 10 people who died the US over the last week died of either influenza or pneumonia, Schuchat said. "Based upon the trend, that should have happened in mid-January".

Torrey added,"people die every year, but when you hear about the number of cases we are having, when you hear about the hospitals are full to the brim right now with the complications coming from, it is very concerned because it's so readily becomes contagious".

"I wish that there were better news this week", Schuchat said, "but nearly everything we're looking at is bad news".

National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci discussed ongoing research to develop more effective seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines, including a universal flu vaccine. Historically speaking, February is the worst month for flu activity.

"We have a lot to learn still about influenza", she said.

This flu conundrum will really scramble your mind: chicken eggs may be at least partially to blame for this really bad flu season! "There was no way to go back and make it again".

There's also hope for a universal vaccine, one that would protect against all influenza viruses. As she did in a briefing a week ago, Schuchat recommended flu shots for those who have not yet received one.

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