The 2019-2020 Flu Season in USVI Is Underway

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High flu activity reported by hospital

York County had the highest number of positive flu tests at 461, with Cumberland County second at 253.

With flu season is in full force, students are experiencing the biggest impact. Because influenza is unpredictable and spreads each year with the timing, severity, and length of the flu season varying, the CDC states that getting a shot through the end of January is still effective.

He's leading an effort to develop a universal flu vaccine that would ideally cover every strain of the flu over multiple flu seasons.

Over the last three weeks, there have been 916 cases of Influenza A, 687 or Influenza B and 450 cases of RSV, a common respiratory virus, the INSP said on Tuesday. A year ago during this time there were 16 pediatric deaths. Receiving a flu vaccination when healthy helps to prevent illness in the most vulnerable populations as well. Cumulative influenza-associated hospitalizations were 14.6 per 100,000, which the agency described as "similar to what has been seen during recent previous influenza seasons this time of year".

"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. "It's not a very good match for B/Victoria, ' said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reported CNN".

It happens. After all, no one says the flu vaccine is ideal.

You can get your flu shot from your healthcare provider, at many local pharmacies, or at Public Health Department clinics.

"If you receive the flu vaccine your chance of severe complications from the flu is drastically reduced", added Richards. Influenza is an airborne virus that can be spread when a person that has the virus coughs or sneezes.

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