Flu Becomes Epidemic; Leaves 30 Children Dead

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, January 25, 2018
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The flu season across North America is exceptionally active this year.

In the United States alone there are at least 30 children dead from the flu this year.

H3N2 is the strain that is particularly deadly.

Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 is a subtype of viruses that causes influenza.

When WHO officials choose the strains of influenza to include in the yearly flu vaccine, they choose two strains of influenza A (one variant of H1N1 and one variant of H3N2) and one or two strains of influenza B. Most flu vaccines contain three strains of influenza.

H3N2 has a mutated virus form that was not included.

In Canada flu is widespread in parts of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.

In the United States the flu is now widespread in all states except for Hawaii. 

This year's vaccine is only expected to be about 32 percent.

Typical flu symptoms can include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches

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