Flu Season Comes Early, Hits Hard. Outpaces H1N1 Outbreak.


Flu patients are filling suburban emergency rooms much earlier and at a much faster rate this season, though local health officials aren’t exactly sure why.

Illinois is experiencing one of the greatest flu outbreaks in the nation and it is triggering large numbers of cases in local emergency rooms, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130104/news/701049927

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) – A 14-year-old St. Louis Park girl is fighting for her life as she battles the flu and its complications.

Carly Christenson had gotten sick coming home after basketball practice before Christmas. And she had already gotten the flu shot.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinic is reporting that last week they saw more flu patients than they saw during the worst week of the H1N1 outbreak three years ago.

Figures from the Minnesota Department of Health say that since the start of the outbreak, nearly 600 have been hospitalized and four people have died.

Part of the problem is this particular strain of Type A flu. It is the H3N2 strain and health care workers say it is making people far sicker than other types of influenza.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/01/03/nasty-flu-season-start-outpaces-h1n1-outbreak/

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