flu season

Children are still dying from the flu even though flu season is winding down. 13 more children died from the flu last week, bringing this season's total to nearly 100 children dead.

With deaths from the flu continuing to rise, hospitals in California and North Carolina have banned visits from children under age 12.

“We can never completely predict when flu season will end,” said Dr. Katie Passaretti, medical director of infectious disease at Atrium. The flu season can run into April or through the end of May."

That means the number of deaths related to the flu are expected to climb over the next several months. CDC officials say hospital admissions can exceed 710,000.

Many hospitals have a shortage of beds. Patients are being treated on gurneys in hallways and tents set up in hospital parking lots.

The strain of flu virus dominating this flu season is the H3N2 virus. Vaccines are only 25% effective against H3N2, but doctors advise getting vaccination shots anyway -- especially for children under 12 and the elderly.

Remember that good hand washing technique is still the most effective way to avoid getting sick.

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Photos by Ariel Skelley, JGI/Jamie Grill / Getty Images

  • JRock

    Awww that's very sad to hear.

    I went to urgent care about 3 weeks ago and I had on a mask just in case anyone in the waiting room had the flu. The nurse who took my vitals had the audacity to ask me why I had the mask on and I told her I wasn't trying to get the flu. This fool then said that I shouldn't believe everything I see on the news about the flu killing people. My sister is a RN (registered nurse) so I have mad respect for people who give of themselves to care for others. But this woman was a damn fool. It was like she wanted people to get sick by telling them that the flu doesn't kill people and don't take precautions. I'm pretty sure the CDC's numbers aren't made up and people should take super precautions against getting the flu. I was like whatever. I'm not taking off my mask. I vigilantly wash my hands all day and spray down everything with lysol including the toilet seats, toilet handle, door knobs, refrigerator handle, light switches, etc. You name it and it's getting lysol!

  • angrysolo

    so, is the flu man-made?

  • JRock

    I don't know if the flu is man-made or not. But years ago when my son first went into the Air Force, I vaguely seem to recall that he told me that he was sick and that they (Air Force doctors) injected him with the flu on purpose and then they turned around and gave him a vaccine for it. I asked why they did that and he said they want to test your immunity or something. They apparently did that to all of the enlisted men. So to your question, the flu might be man-made. Just not sure.

  • Rayne

    Every damn doctors appointment I go to Mrs.Rayne would you and your husband like to protect yourselves and your unborn baby against the flu. Like Sophia said...HELL NAWL. Us is doing just fine. ??

  • Phillybruh

    When I went into the air force one of the first things they do is give you a series of shots that inoculates you from everything. I didn't get sick for like 5 years.

  • Trace da Ace

    my heart and prayers goes out to everybody affected by this....I can't believe that it has gotten this bad!!

  • ShelbyMoore

    My bro is in the military and they do stuff like that to him too. He gets very sick some times, but once you sign those papers, your body no longer belongs to you, it belongs to them. Same thing with the Tuskegee Airmen...those crazy doctors are always trying something.

  • justlooking

    I'm curious were these children that were vaccinated? Cause some folks swear the vaccination is the devil.

    Feel sorry for the poor kids. SO said, I felt like I almost died weeks back.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    So no one questions why alllllllllllllllllllllllll of a sudden, after allllllllllllll this time, the flu is something you have to be vaccinated from? I've been on this earth more than 40 years, and the flu has been around since me and before me. If you got the flu, you did everything you would do that you would do for a bad cold, just more. No one questions..why if polio, chicken pox and other diseases of yesteryear can be rededicated through a one shot vaccination, than why do you have to get a shot every year for the flu?...and why does the strain get stronger every year, if so many people are getting the shot? Why do you still get sick from the shot, if you took the shot the year before? Why does the CDC decide what strain to implement in america, by what the flu season is doing in Australia. Why did the head scientist behind the Flu vaccination resign his post. Why is the CDC responce to the cases of death by flu "We Just Didn't Hit The Mark this Year"....do you think the black men in the Tuskegee prison think they were getting a simple flu shot? Have you ever thought about population control

  • Phillybruh

    As long as I can remember the Flu has always been something that could potentially kill you.

  • Kayke

    My 3 yr old and I got sick a week and some ago. First he did and got over it in about a week.... I'm still trying to shake it.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    How old are you Philly? .....pneumonia was what could kill you, specifically if you were elderly.... But the flu was something you possibly got maybe every 2 to 3 years...not every year and it was not anything

  • justlooking

    The issue was that the virus mutated this time and the strain that was made to vaccinate didn't work for some strains. I'm 40 plus as well and I'm I've seen some strange things. Here in the US and living abroad and specially working in the hospital infectious disease.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Just fine chile .... Better say it ... Shewt

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    when my uncle came home from the military, he was not the same man. He told us over and over the government did something to him...but that was back when people trusted the government enough to eat the free cheese....so no one believed him and blamed my uncle's behavior on refer.

  • millz

    I've been sick recently and I did everything I could to avoid it turning into the flu...
    I keep lemons ginger root and honey in the kitchen...boil them together for about twenty minutes... drink and make it all day...
    However the way I was feeling... I had to use otc medicine like benedryl and NyQuil...
    Last night I tried the onion in the socks and bowl method and I had some good results... I actually feel better
    Haven't taken any medicine since I woke up... onion still on my feet... stay strong and healthy everyone
    My children nor myself have gotten a flu shot in several years...

  • justlooking

    Children and elderly person have always been susceptible. Couple of years ago, I had the flu and have a fever 101 and 103 for 3 days.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Do any of the roses believe in homeopathy wellness?

  • justlooking

    How long were you having symptoms?

  • Kayke

    2018 supply of flu shots is based on 2017 strain of the flu. The virus typically morphs before the next season so the vacinnes given usually don't work. The flu is at it's most powerful because of the over prescribing of antibiotics to people. Flu strains have morphed to compete with the antibiotics in our systems making it more difficult for the immunesystem to be your only defense. I have not and will never get a flu shot.

  • Phillybruh

    The Flu is not a cold, its a virus. Maybe because my mother was a nurse that I learned certain things were not to be played with or taken lightly. My whole household got the flu shot as we do every year.

  • millz

    Started feeling it Monday...all good now... I took a flight Thursday night and I'm sure I go to someone's germ there

  • MoniquetheGeek

    I try to use homeopathy and natural products as often as I can. I had the flu 2 years ago and used homeopathy medicine.

  • CaniLive?

    I had a sweet cousin to die from it in 1985....
    ETA, She was only 30?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    no i understand what the flu is..but i remember as a child simply spending more time in bed and drinking more RACV w/ginger and honey.....my point however still stands. But Philly let me say this, working in a large diverse community, I respect people's choice to get the flu shot...i however do not get them...for all my aforementioned questions still remain....in addition i am a natural person....i don't even have a real bottle of Tylenol in my home.....i believe in doctors and their work...but i believe more in preventative efforts using living plants and herbs...I believe that a doctors' job is to heal the sick, and if there are no sick people, there are no clients....

  • Layah Jhene

    Pretty much. Especially these days. Stock up on Elderberry, Burdock Root,Ginger Root and Oregano Oil and you and your family are good to go during Flu season

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I'm sorry Canilive

  • ebonics

    Yep i only believe in natural healing. Garlic, tumeric, ginger and honey tea works wonders. I do not trust pharmaceuticals.

  • ebonics

    Vaccines kill.. I dont trust western medicine. They are trying to depopulate.

  • CaniLive?

    Thank you, I was 16 at the time and took it pretty hard. She was beautiful inside and out; left behind a husband and three small children.

  • ShelbyMoore

    My bro went to Afghanistan once and Iraq four times...He is no longer the person I grew up with. He stays up all night in the dark just staring and the shat is scary. He's super quiet...just weird. Honestly, I'm a little bit scared (God forgive me) of him now he just doesn't seem like the same person.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Im sorry Shelby

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don't want no skittles from the doctor -- they can keep their candy colored pills. Just like the poster below - tumeric garlic, ginger and cinnamon tea everyday for me. I also blend aloe vera with about two cups of water and drink that at night maybe with a little lemon.

  • hottlanta

    I had a best friend who believed in natural remedies so well she died. She was very sick she would go to the doctor for her diagnosis and go to the homeopathy people for her medicine instead of taking the medicine the doctor gave her. I would listen to them tell her all the doctors want is your money while busy ranging up those high price natural products at the register. My friend kept going to them getting that homeopathy wellness medicine and she was getting sicker. I remember the day my friend realized it was toooo late for her to go the medical doctor for her medicine to help her "she said she wanted to live". Even she knew she was too far gone. My friend died. She died because she had bought into the hype natural is better, don't trust the doctors, etc, etc. We only get one life because I know I have been at death's door and people came to me talking about herbs, etc, etc. I told them God gave those doctor's the knowledge to heal me. I need to be looked at and cut and what I have a pill won't cure. I had my surgery been knocking out the box every since. 2 things I don't play with and that is my health and my money. I know historically black folks have a reason to mistrust the doctors because of the Tuskegee Experiment. I get it. That is why we must listen to our body, talk to/be honest our doctor, get a second opinion and do our research. Everyone medical road is not your road. That is what I told my girlfriend who was suffering with knee problems She listening to Dr. Oz (who is not her doctor), taking herbal remedies, etc, etc, everything but going to the doctor. Didn't get no better she had to go to the emergency room for an overnight stay and get a knee brace because the pain had gotten so bad. Folks don't trust the doctor but when we sick we run down to see them but it will be too late because we listen to other people who has no training, never EXAMINED us and assume it will go away magically.

  • hottlanta

    Natural stuff isn't natural Check the expiration date on the bottle. They had to put something in it to get the pill shaped like that. Even bottled water has an expiration date. Water doesn't expired it goes up in the air and comes back as rain. You even seen water from a stream. Dirtiest water ever.

  • hottlanta

    I remember as well and that is why they came out with the flu shot. I remember folks getting colds so bad snot will be coming all out of their noses like crazy and they will be wheezing all over the place.

  • Look@m3

    I see where you are coming from...I had pneumonia and that was deadly! So I don't believe the flu is naturally morphing into these different strands. I believe they are doing this mess......They making Aids seem more safe than the flu. BTW I don't f with that shot and I haven't (lost count) for years and I have been good.

  • Quitedeliteful

    A friend of mine was in the army and got shots and always had to take some kind of pill they gave him. He came home with a 'dead soldier' -- has never been able to get it up since...

  • ebonics

    Yes! Cinnamon is very healing also!

  • Look@m3

    Funny how they always fail to mention that right but quick to say how important it is to get the shot. I keep waiting for them to be like this lil one died from the flu and he also has a shot....I hear instead that's why its so important to get the flu shot. Now I keep hearing on the news that all the shot does is minimize the symptoms....and it isn't 99% effective.

  • Look@m3

    Lawd.....this too much

  • ShelbyMoore

    I feel so bad to say this, but when I know he's coming in town to visit when I go to sleep, I make sure my room door is locked and I keep my piece close. Before I had my piece, I always kept a knife under my mattress. (God I'm the worst sister ever) He doesn't act the same and he comes across unpredictable. I worry about him.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Girl...

  • datjerk

    I'm so sorry for your loss

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Maybe it was just her time.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    1st i don't think you should beat yourself up for feeling the way you do. God's gift to man, among many, is self preservation. If your instincts have you on high alert, than trust those instincts. Im sure you're respectful of his condition and im sure you love your brother,, but none of that will matter if you find yourself in danger. Take care of you queen.

  • hottlanta

    Thanks. She was one of the good one's that took my secrets to the grave. The only person that had my permission to talk to Lil Hots as a second mother. Our health ain't nothing to play with. if you got the insurance money and time go to the doctor. Lots of people have the time but doesn't have the money or insurance. my friend with the knee pain is suffering when she doesn't have to. Had she done what the doctor told her to do instead of listening to TV Doctor Oz and natural path pill poppers she wouldn't be in this mess. There is no shortcut to our health.

  • hottlanta

    Thanks

  • hottlanta

    You are right but her quality of life would have been better had she done what the doctor told her to do instead of going to the natural path doctors. Even she realized that but it was toooo late. Even Farrah Fawcett who was a vegan got cancer and went searching the globe for the best natural way to heal the cancer and died anyway. You are right, we are all gonna die from something even a cold

  • justlooking

    You had me until AIDS is safer

  • Look@m3

    Lol...i guess i was trying to be funny but i just feel like they marketing these vaccines stronger than any other virus or disease...

  • justlooking

    Hugs HotATL sorry about your friend.

    Everybody can't be "natural" Well let me say this you can do what ever you please, but you will die naturally as well.

    Example childbirth is one the hardest things your body will every endure and many women have died trying to have natural child birth as well as the hospital. If you are having complications your infant has a better chance of survival of in a hospital.

    Folks do what's best for them. I go to the doctors, and use herbs for simple things like headaches, facials.

    I am kidney transplant survivor not for from diabetes, but a autoimmune diagnosed at early age. Tried natural cures, it helped temporarily, but in the end by the time I got to the operating room I had ONLY 2 percent kidney function. If I had to continue to seek that route my son would have been without his mother.

    Blessings to all for good health.

  • justlooking

    I know. LOL

  • Look@m3

    ??

  • Reina1718

    What was her illness?

  • Reina1718

    Me too i havent been sick in years!!!! Not even a cold! Thank goodness.

  • Reina1718

    Thats how our ancestors did it back then

  • hottlanta

    Yep childbirth is one of the hardest thing on a woman's health/mind and no one will tell the women the REAL truth about childbirth. I get sick of other women who try to make other women who don't want kids act as if something is wrong with them or ask when are you gonna have a baby as if it a trip to the mall. You are a kidney transplant survivor (CLAP,CLAP) and I am a fibroid survivor. People would come to me and say to me I didn't need the surgery just take some herbs it will go away. It had gotten so bad I just went off on people saying things to me like "you gonna have surgery as if I was some kind of idiot". Like yourself I had to live for my 2 Lil Hots and got to hear Lil Hots being announced as Dr. Hots, PhD this week. I guess someone is playing basketball with the fibroid somewhere. I don't care I am happy to be here.

  • justlooking

    Yeah folks can die of those. Chile some folks no EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.

    Congrats again on Dr. Hots COME THROUGH

  • Guesty

    I think it’s the immune system. My child and I haven’t been sick in years. We very seldom take big pharma meds. We are all natural and on our way to being vegetarians.

  • Lol

    Yes. They lived healthier lives because they weren’t being poisoned like we are today. Between big pharma and the pesticides in the food, air and water we are doomed health wise.

  • Guest

    Organic apple cider vinegar, probiotics and prebiotics, green leafy vegetables and garlic will do for me.

  • Deni Elliott

    The cold and flu are viruses.... my opinion is the flu has started to mutate due to flu shots....from what I’ve read people are not dying from the the flu but secondary infections brought on by the flu virus...the way it’s being reported is very misleading. I always determine when I need to go to the doctor by my temp and the effectiveness of the OTC drugs. If nothing changes in 24hours I’m headed to my doctor. When I’ve had the flu and I end up having to go to him he always gave me a chest X-ray and antibiotics not the Tamiflu, if my fever didn’t go away completely in 24 hours because of the risk of the secondary infection...With the instruction if symptoms get worse or do not improve in 24-48 hours after starting antibiotics...head to ER...

  • Layah Jhene

    Sounds like she ain't detox before doing all that natural stuff. RIP to your friend

  • Anji

    Spanish Influenza. As an aside, a CDC physician who allegedly complained the current flu vaccine caused the viciousness of the flu is missing and may be dead. Take care of your health. I do a mix between Eastern and Western Medicine combined with Mom's Cherokee herbals.

  • slim3542

    And no-one is questioning the disappearance of olboy that works for the CDC In relation to the "Flu" vaccines???...
    FLU SHOTS ARE NOTHING BUT EXPERIMENTS THE GOVERNMENT TRIES ON HUMAN BEINGS EVERY YEAR.
    They carry strains of diseases, poisons etc.... all for trial and error experiments.

  • Yoni7

    The flu is not a season.

  • Berry Melon

    But it is the season for the flu. Snow is everywhere... It's icy cold, you could even die on the streets.

  • Yoni7

    Snow is not everywhere. You don't get a cold from being cold. It rained for the last few days, our river has flooded I live in the Midwest. You're right, you can die on the streets.........from a lot of things. :yeshrug: