Though it's still too early to say whether this winter will be a bad flu season, epidemiologists in 36 states - including NY - have already reported "widespread influenza activity", according to data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
Flu season typically peaks anywhere between December and March, according to the CDC.
Nationally, the percentage of clinic visits for flu-which climbed from 3.5% to 5%-has been at or above the national baseline for 5 weeks so far this season, the CDC said, adding that in recent seasons, flu has been at those levels for an average of 13 weeks. It also maintains that an annual flu vaccine is the the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
Health officials in NY say the flu is spreading rapidly across the state.
Children younger than five years of age. No deaths were reported in Central Zone.
US, Turkey to resume visa services
Embassy in Ankara announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa services for Turkish nationals. The call came after the resumption of respective visa services both in Turkey and the U.S.
H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the U.S. in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts. Last year, only 15 residents there had the flu. Analysis of a subset of H3N2 viruses shows extensive genetic diversity with many clades and subclades circulating, majority similar to a cell-propagated reference virus that is a component of Northern Hemisphere flu vaccines.
An Asheville hospital has implemented its visitor limitation policy after an increase in flu-like activity.
The strain of influenza circulating this year is known to cause severe illness, according to a city release sent out today.
At the recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is implementing temporary visitor restrictions effective immediately.
She said it could also help prevent Influenza B infection when it becomes more prevalent. Public health laboratories found 48 positive specimens.
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Reuters/Paul HackettWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up CD's containing data on offshore bank account holders. There was no confirmation that Assange authored the alternative account and it was later suspended by Twitter.
The memorial was set up outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 5th Precinct by a hate group called Identify Evropa on Friday. The memorial to Justine Ruszczyk Damond consisted of a framed portrait, candles, roses and signs reading "United We Stand".
Harrison visited the Patriots on Tuesday after clearing waviers and becoming a free agent following his release by Pittsburgh. On his Instagram account, Harrison confirmed the signing by posting a photo with #Tom Brady with the caption: "Finally".
She was suspended twice last summer for violating the company's wellness policy, then needed the aforementioned neck surgery. Paige may have suffered what some fans described as a bad injury at tonight's WWE live event on Long Island, New York.
Second, some research has indicated that "video game addiction" is not a stable construct and clinical impairment might be low. Not everyone who likes to play video games has gaming disorder - plenty of people play video games without getting a diagnosis.
A large area of high pressure from the north will sink southward over the next few days, keeping the chilly weather around. If you are towards southeastern Kentucky, most of your day has been under mostly cloudy skies with cold temperatures.
Tantray alias Noor Trali was during a cordon and search operation in Samboora village of Pampore in Pulwama district, yesterday. Afting jumping the parole, he joined JeM and has been a major perpetrator in several attacks on the forces in Kashmir.
He made it look easy, but it was a technique which is the result of hours of practice as well as natural Brazilian ability. He made amends six minutes after the restart by meeting Coutinho's delivery from a free-kick.
ISIS Will Remain a Threat in 2018, Experts Warn
Gedney, as well as US military leadership, have long expressed doubt in the regime's desire and ability to fight ISIS. For its part, the Iraqi government said "final victory" was achieved against Daesh on December 9.
Used Christmas trees can be recycled
These candles were soon used to decorate the tree, which later evolved into putting up Christmas lights and ornaments. Rather than dumping them in a landfill, officials are pressing for more recycling of the trees.