Influenza cases have risen sharply across the Unites States this cold & flu season, and it continues to remain widespread in 49 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
This year's aggressive strain, H3N2 (also known as the "Hong Kong flu"), is the worst in nearly a decade, and has already claimed multiple lives, including adults and children who had no underlying health conditions.
The virus is on track to match the 2014-15 flu season, which saw 34 million Americans infected. Approximately 710,000 of them were hospitalized, and about 56,000 died.
"We’ll expect something around those numbers," Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the C.D.C.’s influenza division, said in a telephone news conference.
Although everyone is at risk of contracting influenza, it's higher for those with weaker immune systems, specifically, children and the elderly.
As you already know, people with the flu often experience runny or stuffy nose, coughs, fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, and body aches. Children tend to also have diarrhea and/or vomiting.
However, there is reportedly another surprising symptom that tends to go unnoticed.
When Brodi Willard's son, Seb, was diagnosed with Influenza after exhibiting this unusual symptom, she was caught off guard. Now, she's sending out a warning to other parents so they can be on the lookout.