According to NBC News, 41,000 cases of the flu have been reported so far, which is three times more than last season.
The map indicates a gradient of no reports (blue) to "very high reports" (red) of all types of flu as reported by users.
ODH said the start of this year's flu season has similarities to the beginning of the 2014-15 season when there were 2,892 flu-associated hospitalizations at this time of the year, nearly 800 more than have been reported this year. It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to influenza after you are vaccinated, so everyone needs to get the flu shot immediately.
Dr. Richard Pebody, acting head of respiratory diseases at Public Health England, said that the flu vaccine is the best protection from the illness, adding that "it isn't too late to get vaccinated".
Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario says a B strain - a type that typically causes less severe illness - is also circulating.
The last time they needed an extended treatment area was during the 2009 flu pandemic.
Those most vulnerable to the flu include the elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems.
Pneumonia is a common influenza-related complication and can often prove fatal.
It is especially important for pregnant women to get the vaccine, according to Schaffner. "We hardly had any hospitalizations last year, and this year it's continuous". People who have the flu usually have symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, extreme fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
Hundreds of thousands have been forced to miss school and work due to the outbreak.
CONTAIN - Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. Those numbers may then have been incorporated into the post-holidays reporting period, inflating the statistics for that particular week. Emergency rooms in Chicago dealing with the flu have led to a backup in admission of ambulance patients, forcing ambulances to hold patients longer. "On behalf of our board and patients I thank them for their continued commitment and heroic efforts". "The Northridge quake [of 1994] was the last time we saw over 200 patients", Dr. Hospital officials in IN have gone so far as to begin restricting hospital visits in order to prevent the flu from spreading.
Although flu season can start as early as October, this year, as usual, it's shifted into high gear in late December and January.
For more information about the flu, visit the CDC or county health websites. As hospitals and emergency services find themselves overcrowded and virtually unable to meet the demands of a predictable disease outbreak, health insurance company profits are increasing at levels in excess of the regular economy as a whole.