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The Influenza A (H3N2) strain tends to cause larger outbreaks compared to other strains of the flu, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

The number of confirmed cases represent the highest number of flu cases in Livingston County since 2009 - the year of the H1N1 virus - when there were 249 confirmed cases of the flu.

The Eagle asked Amie Worthington, a medical investigator with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, that question and more. Influenza Type A continues to be the most prominent with 1,920 patients.

"This is the busiest flu season that I can recall since being in business since 1978", said pharmacist Gerry Acampora, owner of North Haven Pharmacy. But the epidemic is accelerating.

Experts warn that the ongoing flu season is worse now and will likely be the most severe since the 2014-2015 season that resulted to over 56,000 deaths and 710,000 cases of hospitalization. The season may have yet to reach its peak. In the USA, said Murti, there have been fewer cases of Influenza B.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said the peak of the flu season, which has killed 52 people in CT, is still to come. The technology highlights areas of NY that see spikes in flu activity so the organization can put additional resources in areas where more patients may seek care. Now this year, the number is more than 10 percent. With so many people are coming in with flu-like symptoms, hospitals across the country including New Orleans, are dealing with a critical care bed shortage.


There have been questions about the effectiveness of this year's vaccine, which is sometimes an educated guess as to which strains are circulating. Inside of American Family Care, you have to wear a mask just to go inside and this isn't surprising as we are knee deep in the worst flu season doctors haave seen in years. "Despite vaccination being a third as effective compared to prior years, and taking two weeks before it is effective, the CDPH website states it is ".

Not only is flu fairly localized - with different strains dominating in different regions - but a more effective health system can lessen the impact of seasonal influenza. But the agency said most people with influenza are being infected with the H3N2 virus.

"As of now, improving flu vaccination rates is our best bet at reducing that number", Javanbakht said in an email.

Health department officials are encouraging residents to get a flu shot.

Flu shots are available October to March each year at doctors' offices and participating pharmacies. It is important to recognize the symptoms of the flu, as treatment with antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick.


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