The heartbreaking story from the Dayton Daily News on Monday reported that the flu has just claimed the life of a 4th child in Ohio in just the past two weeks and while the overall level of those being hospitalized for flu-related symptoms appear to be leveling off there, we learn in several other new stories from across America that the leveling off happening in Ohio isn’t the same case elsewhere.
As this new story from Fox News reports, flu death rates just hit the ‘epidemic levels’ nationally with increasing levels of flu reported to the CDC each week for 3 consecutive months prior to the 4th week of 2017, where the numbers dipped slightly.
And in this brand new story from ‘The Tennessean’ they report that in Wilson County, Tennessee, the entire school system will be shut down for the rest of this week after more than 2,000 children became ill with flu-like systems, joining at least 138 teachers there who also have fallen ill.
That mass outbreak of flu coming the very week after a similar outbreak of the flu caused the shutting down of the entire school system in Minco County, Oklahoma as heard in the 3rd video below shows us just how widespread the flu is in the US in 2017.
In fact, according to Fox 6 Now in Wisconsin, the flu continues to spread across more than 40 US states and Puerto Rico and has been tied to at least 20 deaths, 7 of them just reported during the week ending February 4th.
The latest report (PDF) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over 14,000 cases of influenza A have been reported across the country. Fifty-one of 54 US states and territories are experiencing elevated levels of flu and flu-like illnesses.
Flu activity is “high” to “extremely high” in 24 regions. Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming rank as the states with the highest levels of flu and flu-like illness activity.
“It looks like it is picking up again, which is pretty typical during this time of year, especially when all the schools and colleges, in particular, go back in session,” said Dr. David Topham, director of respiratory pathogens at the University of Rochester. “We are hitting at the peak right now, which is pretty typical for late January mid-February for influenza.”
And while they also report that according to the CDC and the medical community, all of this is another reason that ‘we should all be getting vaccinated to protect ourselves and others from contracting or spreading the virus’, we find this new story from S.D. Wells over at Natural News quite interesting as they report that President Donald Trump has never gotten a flu shot along with this stunner: he’s never gotten the flu, either. As their story asks… just a coincidence?
According to a January 2017 story over at Your News Wire, in an interview with the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius XM, President Trump slammed flu shots as being ‘totally ineffective’:
“I’ve never had one. And thus far I’ve never had the flu. I don’t like the idea of injecting bad stuff into your body. And that’s basically what they do. And this one (latest flu vaccine) has not been very effective to start off with.”
“I have friends that religiously get the flu shot and then they get the flu. You know, that helps my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of reports that the last flu shot is virtually totally ineffective.” (Click to Article)