Flu season turns deadly: Six have died in hospital from the illness

11 January, 2019, 09:39 | Author: Judith Dennis
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This year's strain of influenza is now considered "widespread" in Alabama and is likely to increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.

Health officials also say 53 people have been hospitalized as a result of the flu this season.

This year's flu season has a far different profile than last year's: it began earlier and the predominant circulating A strain is H1N1, the viral type that caused the pandemic in 2009-2010 but hasn't made much of an appearance for the last few years. But regardless of where you are, your best course of action to prevent yourself from catching the virus that kills as many as 12,000 Americans a year is to head out to your pharmacy and get a flu shot.

"There is still time to get a free flu shot before the flu season peaks as individuals who get the flu vaccine are not only protecting themselves, but family members, and even co-workers", said Cox.

The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County coroner's office said this week that the child died December 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Appointments are also now being accepted for the flu vaccine. MA has had about 2,200 confirmed influenza cases through the first week of January this season, according to MA state data.

The first and second flu deaths in the county this year were 56 and 66-year-old patients who lived in Dallas and Garland. So, we're hoping for a better year than last year and one in which the vaccine will be about 50 to 60 percent effective. The majority of people who hadn't been vaccinated already, 41 percent of the total sample, said they were not planning to get the shot at all.

Some people shouldn't get the flu shot, like those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine.

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Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, fatigue and coughing. Northern Health says data from health care visits and lab confirmation show influenza activity is also on the rise in Northern B.C.

Children 6 months old and younger typically have antibodies in their system passed on by their mothers, and after that, it can take children up to five years to develop a strong immune system. But in 2014-15, 974 Mainers reported a positive flu test.

Influenza and other virus are circulating throughout the province as flu season is well underway.

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