timberland luggage flu season has ‘lot more steam’ than expected
is getting worse.
Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.
One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and other flu symptoms. Thirty two states reported high patient traffic last week, up from 26 the previous week. Overall, it was the busiest week for flu symptoms in nine years.
Hawaii is the only state that doesn’t have widespread illnesses.
This year’s flu season got off to an early start, and it’s been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. In New York, state officials say a drastic rise in flu cases hospitalized more than 1,
600 this past week.
Usually, flu seasons start to wane after so much activity, but “it’s difficult to predict,” Jernigan said.
In Oklahoma and Texas, some school districts canceled classes this week because so many students and teachers were sick with the flu and other illnesses. In Mississippi, flu outbreaks have hit more than 100 nursing homes and other long term care places,
resulting in some restricting visitors.