Indeed, seasonal influenza causes up to half a million deaths every year worldwide, as the New England Journal of Medicine noted, and the nation sees a staggering 140,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations from the flu annually.
Dr Kelleher urged people to get the vaccination ASAP and said that the more people who get the vaccination, the less chance of it spreading.
The so-called "Aussie flu" is a particularly virulent strain of influenza A and is said to have triggered the huge rise in cases, along with an aggressive B subtype.
He said while strains can be different and break out in different human populations across the globe at different times, the one they've been seeing more this season, strain A, affects certain populations - young children, age 65 and older, pregnant women and high-risk patients with illnesses like asthma or Cryptogenic Organizing Pneumonia (COP) - more severely and see more hospitalizations and a higher death rate.
Flu symptoms come on suddenly with a fever, muscle aches, headache and fatigue - whereas a cold usually starts gradually with a sore throat and a blocked or a runny nose.
She said their goal through this season is to minimize exposure for everyone and if someone comes through the clinics or emergency department and are displaying flu-like symptoms, they are immediately masked. Moreover, most viruses separated from patient tissue samples have been related to the Yamagata lineage, not the Victoria lineage in vaccines being used this season.
In Maine, about 55-60 percent of flu cases in 2015-16 were influenza A, with the remainder influenza B, but so far this flu season about 80-90 percent of cases are influenza A.
Experts warned to expect the worst outbreak in 50 years back in September as the NHS urged all eligible Brits to get the free flu jab - but admitted it was too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile.
A Public Health England spokeswoman said: "The current flu vaccine is still the best defence we have against the virus".
"There are a number of ways to limit the spread of flu".
Blum pointed out that many groups who may think they should avoid the shot are mistaken.
What's not measured, he said, is what happens if you get the flu.
PHE said it will continue to actively monitor flu activity. Winter might have technically just arrived a couple of weeks ago, but flu season appears to be in full bloom and historically reaches its apex between now and February.
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association announced last week that adult, short-term acute care hospitals has implemented restrictions in an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections to hospital patients, employees and community members. "Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, and practise good hand hygiene".
You can infect others beginning one day before you get sick to about five to seven days after developing symptoms.
Inventories are now down by nearly 20% from their historic highs last March and well below this time a year ago or in 2015. In 2018, investors will watch whether rising prices trigger a new flood of United States output, reported Blooomberg.
The highest resolution on commercial TVs so far is 4K or Ultra HD, which is what TV makers are pushing in their flagship models. Higher resolution is achieved by reducing the size of each pixel and in turn aperture ratio, unavoidably reducing brightness.
Utah State must replace seniors Hunt and cornerback Jalen Davis, a second-team AP All-American, but Love is a redshirt freshman. So multiple breakthroughs are available to USU, facing a New Mexico State program that itself has come to an interesting stage.
Taliban forces fighting US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan have denied any involvement in the attack. Bass said the incident "once again demonstrates the depravity of those who seek to undermine peace and stability in Afghanistan".
Here's the first poster of the film. " Zero ", as the film is titled, also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma alongside SRK. The film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah, Pooja Hegde and Saqib Saleem.
The Raiders are believed to be on the verge of hiring Jon Gruden, their coach from 1998-2001, as Del Rio's replacement. They went just 2-6 on the road, unable to capitalize on a season in which they won their first two contests.
Look! Up in the sky! It's a Supermoon!
According to NASA , January's first full moon - nicknamed a wolf moon - will take place on January 1 and it will be a supermoon. This year on Halloween, for instance, the last-quarter moon will come within less than 4 hours of perigee.
IMA strike: Hospital Services affect in Odisha
The outpatient departments in private hospitals were closed in support of the strike called by the Indian Medical Association. Similarly in Karnataka, hundreds of private hospitals shut their OPDs to protest against the NMC Bill, 2017.
'US Mainland in Our Nuclear Strike Range' - Kim Jong
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeatedly expressed his hope that the North will participate in the Winter Games. He said North Korea's nuclear deterrent was "irreversible" and that it would prevent Trump from starting a war.
Dangerous Cold To Start 2018
Places such as Boston are on track to break the longest stretch of below-20-degrees days in its recorded history. Sub-freezing temperatures will return Wednesday night and persist through at least Friday afternoon.
Civil rights activist Erica Garner has passed away
A message posted on her Twitter account said she had brain damage "from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest". We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to her friends and family during this time .
Sensex scales new high; signs off 2017 with 28% gains
The Sensex clocked its best performance in recent years in 2017, rising by 7,430.37, or 27.91 per cent year-on-year. Asian markets were firm, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inching up 0.3 per cent.