Increased flu activity in Johnson County

A nurse giving a little boy a shot as he sits in the doctors office on an examining table

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The CDC reports that 32 children have died from the flu this flu season. But almost 2,000 fewer cases were reported during the most recent week.

What strains are prevalent this year?

Add to that, this season's vaccine is only about a 58% match for this year's circulating strain of Influenza B, according to Bowling.

According to the director of infectious diseases at Children's Mercy, Dr. Angela Myers, this is the first time in 27 years that the Type B virus has dominated at the start of the season. The levels we are seeing now is what we expect in February in most seasons.

The Indiana Department of Health released a report that shows Indiana's flu death numbers are up as well. Influenza is an airborne virus that can be spread when a person that has the virus coughs or sneezes.

Another issue regarding the flu vaccine and its partial ineffectiveness for B/Victoria?

Kraushaar said the flu vaccine developed to stem infection rates this year is more effective in preventing the A strain of the virus than the B strain.

Should people still get vaccinated? .

"We have not yet peaked for flu A or flu B. If you have not yet received your vaccine, please get it", said Doctor Myers. "Maybe the days are shorter that you have the flu".

Anyone in one of the high-risk groups should contact their GP if they develop influenza symptoms. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. It's very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in people who are very sick with flu (for example, people who are in the hospital). In addition to pneumonia, serious complications include inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle tissues and multi-organ failure, such as respiratory and kidney failure. None of the flu-associated deaths involved people 18 or younger. However, on January 8, the Allegheny County Health Department confirmed that a 90-year-old woman was the first county resident to die from the flu this season. "Flu waxes and wanes; people shouldn't think it's over", he noted.

"For elderly adults, the virus that normally has the greatest impact in terms of hospitalization and mortality is [influenza A] H3N2, so. we won't see the impact in terms of hospitalization or death", Piedra said.