FluMist nasal spray is less effective than the shot — CDC confirms

Desiree Burns
January 8, 2019

With the number of flu cases on the rise, so are the number of deaths from the flu in children, now at 13.

"But as we see a jump in activity as we did this week, we would expect an increase in hospitalizations, and unfortunately, probably an increase in mortality", Brammer said.

Dr. Lu works in the emergency room and as a medical toxicologist for the Cook County Health System at Stroger Hospital. "But what do we do for the flu basically we treat the symptoms", Butterfield added.

Still, this flu season is not expected to be as deadly as a year ago when nearly 80,000 people died. Usually the flu is most active between October and April.

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The CDC says that there is high flu activity in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia at this point, along with New York City. It is not known what part of the state that child lived. "If you are young and healthy, it's still important to go get the flu vaccine".

Other things you can do to prevent catching or spreading the flu include covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding sick people or staying home if you don't feel well and washing your hands regularly.

With several months of flu season still to go, it is not too late for children or adults to get vaccinated.

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