"It's a reminder that flu, while causing mild disease in a lot of people, can also cause severe disease and death in others".
Hidalgo County officials do not track each influenza case but monitor flu and flu-like illnesses, such as respiratory distress, via "sentinel sites", like larger pediatric practices and major hospitals, Olivarez said. Another influenza B virus subtype also is circulating.
There appears to be no let-up with this year's strain of flu - leading one group of hospitals to impose visitor restrictions. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
"Even if the vaccine does not prevent you from getting the flu, it will make it less likely for you to be seriously ill and require hospitalization", he said. That said, we'll be breathing one another's air and right now that isn't too good.
The predominant flu strain this season is Influenza A H3N2.
"It may be a less ideal match than we'd like it to be", Green said.
"I do believe that Elizabeth would be here today if she had that flu shot", Cover said.
Kidwai advises those who haven't, to get a flu shot.
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Along with the flu shot, the CDC encourages people to wash their hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.
Dr. Lan Ly, a physician at Via Christi Hospital primary care clinic, said three or four people have tested positive for the flu in the last week in the clinic.
How is New Jersey faring against the rest of the country in influenza cases?
Dan Nafziger, chief medical officer of Goshen Hospital, said he hasn't seen any data that suggest the flu season peak has been reached yet there, where the emergency room remains busy.
And with the flu being something that we're giving you in the flu vaccine, that's not necessarily true. Between Jan. 1 and 7, they diagnosed 40 patients.
"Because of the way that the vaccine has developed, which is through the egg method, some say that this is kind of an antiquated method and using more updated technology could help us to get us a more specific vaccine", said Dr. Agarwal. Seven additional pediatric deaths were reported during the week ending January 6, bringing the total for the season to 20.