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.
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 .
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About 30 percent of the supply goes to cancer patients in the region, and one in seven entering the hospital need blood. United Blood Services strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type at all times.
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.
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".
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.
SkyCity spokesman Brad Burnett said the Sky Tower fireworks display is an important focal point for the city's celebrations. Countries such as New Zealand, Australia and Japan are among the first ones on the globe to welcome in 2018.
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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.
Likewise, Petersen is reticent to bring up the 2007 Fiesta Bowl , when his Boise State team defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. The Huskies enter as the fifth best team in total defense (tops in the Pac-12), allowing just 277 yards per game .
Winston, Bucs stun Saints in season finale
Defensive end Ryan Russell got the first sack of Saints' quarterback Drew Brees during the Saints' first drive of the second half. The Buccaneers (4-11) scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, the first by Peyton Barber and the second by quarterback Jameis Winston .
Supply discipline and demand to prop up oil prices in 2018
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.
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.