Health departments urge Oklahomans to get vaccinated as soon as possible as it is one of the most important things we could do for our children and ourselves, officials say.
The death rate this year has been low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "but 78 influenza-associated deaths in children have been reported so far this season".
However, a press release issued on February 7 by the State of Alaska stresses that, "All passenger and cargo flights to the USA from Wuhan, China, where the novel coronavirus was first detected, continue to be suspended indefinitely".
But they aren't considered as risky to retirement-age people - good news, since most flu deaths and hospitalizations each winter occur in the elderly.
Dr. Carr says flu season is not over yet and says most people should get the flu shot. The malady also jumped from the Chinese mainland with cases reported in 24 other countries, including 12 infections in the United States.
NCCU Student Health has reported several cases of Influenza among students this year.
Since the beginning of flu season in October 2019 and February 1, 2020, there have been as many as 31 million cases of the flu and between 12,000-30,000 flu deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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The influenza virus typically infects the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.
"We have been looking at general trends and we are definitely not on the downward slope yet".
"Four of my roommates had the flu at the beginning of the semester", said Boluwarin Dairo, a junior computer science major from Lagos, Nigeria.
The threat to the new coronavirus isn't ignored, said Gerrard, but she said OR has a "very low" risk of seeing very many cases of the new malady.
Locally, said Gerrard, flu is still active.
Though we're seeing more new flu cases this week than we have in over two decades, there are a few simple tips to prevent you from becoming ill.