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20 Nov 2022, 8:39 pm

Flu variant that hits kids and seniors harder than other strains is dominant in U.S. right now

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A variant of the flu that hits kids and seniors worse than other strains of the virus is dominant in the U.S. right now, setting the country up for a potentially bad flu season.

Public health labs have detected influenza A(H3N2) in 76% of the more than 3,500 respiratory samples that have tested positive for the flu and were analyzed for the virus subtype, according to a surveillance report published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The H3N2 variant has been associated with more severe flu seasons for children and the elderly in the past, according to Dr. Jose Romero, director the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.

“There are also early signs of influenza causing severe illness in precisely these two groups of individuals this season,” Romero told reporters on a call earlier this month.

The flu hospitalization rate has surged to a decade high this season. Overall, about 8 people per 100,000 are being hospitalized with the flu right now but seniors and the youngest children are much harder hit than other age groups, according to CDC data.

The hospitalization rate for seniors is more than double the general population at 18 per 100,000. For kids younger than age five, the hospitalization rate is about 13 per 100,000.

t least 4.4 million people have fallen ill with the flu, 38,000 have been hospitalized, and 2,100 have died since the season started. Seven kids have died from the flu so far this season.

“When we have more H3N2, we usually have a more severe flu season — so longer duration, more children affected, more children with severe disease,” said Dr. Andi Shane, a pediatrician and infectious disease expert at Children’s Healthcare Atlanta.

The other influenza A variant, H1N1, is generally associated with less severe seasons compared with H3N2, Shane said. H1N1 makes up about 22% of sample that have tested positive for flu and were analyzed for a subtype, according to CDC.

The percentage of patients reporting symptoms similar to the flu, a fever of 100 degrees or greater plus a sore throat or cough, is the highest in Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Washington D.C right now, according to CDC.

Respiratory illnesses are also very high in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas, according to CDC.


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20 Nov 2022, 10:34 pm

Here's a webpage with plenty of scary flu data that might convince you to stay safe from it.
Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
I'm glad I got the vax and should probably keep using the mask.


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20 Nov 2022, 10:43 pm

I'm worried about my 70 year old mother and my aunt, my mom's older sister, going out to eat in restaurants or Christmas shopping right now. But i can't really tell them not to. We were going to eat out for supper last week but cancelled it. My mother said it wasn't because of all the diseases going around, it just gets dark too early now and she doesn't have good night vision when she drives.

But they might just decide to go out earlier. I will not. I hate the human race for putting us through all this garbage. We got our flu shots but I know they won't be enough. The viruses are always changing and mutating and then the vaccines will be worthless. And the Pollyannas who refuse to do anything to prevent spreading the flu are even worse.



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21 Nov 2022, 10:55 pm

the more we hide away from these viruses the worse they will get

covid lockdowns are what has made flu and other viruses more prominent since it seems


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24 Nov 2022, 10:09 am

Caz72 wrote:
the more we hide away from these viruses the worse they will get

covid lockdowns are what has made flu and other viruses more prominent since it seems


Can you explain your logic on these opinions, do you have any scientific data corroborating your opinions?


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24 Nov 2022, 12:38 pm

Caz72 wrote:
the more we hide away from these viruses the worse they will get

covid lockdowns are what has made flu and other viruses more prominent since it seems


That's always how it goes. Our bodies will always lose immunity even to mild viruses if we're never exposed to them.

That's why mild viruses like the common cold can decimate an uncontacted tribe.



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24 Nov 2022, 9:33 pm

I never stopped masking.I will never feel safe in a crowd without one now.


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24 Nov 2022, 10:48 pm

I don't particularly want to catch the flu, I keep a mask in my pocket if someone is hacking up a lung. But, zero exposure to anything isn't healthy either. That's what killed many First Nations people. Living in isolation from all bacteria/viruses creates weak immune systems.


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