The amount of influenza ravaging the U.S. this year rivals levels normally seen when an altogether new virus emerges, decimating a vulnerable population that hasn’t had a chance to develop any defenses.
Unfortunately, more deaths are likely to happen,” Schuchat said. “Over the next few weeks, we do expect and it would make sense to see more pneumonia and influenza-related deaths. The people who are likely to die are already in the hospital.”
This year’s flu could be more calamitous than outbreaks going back decades, but there’s no way to know for sure.
Ok this is scary numbers
A Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report
Existing drugs, including Tamiflu, work to block these viral copies from escaping the cell, the Journal reported. The experimental drug, however, kicks into action earlier, working to block the virus from hijacking cells in the first place, the Journal said.
Japanese drug regulators could approve the drug for use in Japan by early March, the Journal reported. The drugmaker plans to apply for approval in the U.S. this summer; however, the drug likely wouldn’t be available here until next year.
causing 1 in 10 deaths
This is a difficult season, and we can’t predict how much longer the severe season will last,” she said. “I wish there was better news, but everything we are looking at is bad news.”
If your child recovers, then gets sick again: Every year, about half of pediatric flu deaths are in otherwise healthy children, and Swanson said she’s been hearing anecdotal reports that some of the deaths this year involved kids who got over the flu but then got sick again from another secondary infection. “That tells me they had a viral infection from flu, their body did a decent job of trying to get rid of the virus, but in that process they got set up for secondary infection — severe ear infection or pneumonia,” Swanson said. So if your child is getting better and then takes a turn for the worse, see a doctor.
Yes, you CAN get the flu twice
That would be terrible
How people die from the flu
This is from 2013(BTW flu stays alive on hard surfaces for 24 hours ) watch what you touch
20 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu
when someone is sick in an office, it takes only four hours (!) for surfaces like coffeepot handles, copy-machine buttons and the fridge door to show traces of infectious virus.
don’t drink alcohol
Breathe out when near someone coughing
use your own pen
part of the list
Big Pharma is thriving off the flu: Business is booming as hundreds more Americans die from this year’s historic pandemic
Vaccine-makers, pharmacies and drug companies all mark-up flu shots and medications
Profit margins for vaccines are fairly slim, but panic over this year’s flu meant that the products drove overall sales up for manufacturers
Many flu medications, including Tamiflu, are very cheap to produce, and their manufacturers stand to make their money back many-fold
h/t Goofy for God
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