Two More Flu-related Deaths Reported in San Diego County

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

Six people have died from flu in the past ten days as hospitals reported a 13.5 per cent rise in the number of patients compared with previous year.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018.

As peak flu season nears, Greene County Public Health officials report flu hospitalizations are down so far.

Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been studying the spread of the flu virus and the effectiveness of vaccines and antiviral medications for more than five decades. Influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year.

It is recommended that children over six months get flu shots.

Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November. Doctors believe this year's vaccine is working well. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown.

Getting vaccinated is especially important in Georgia, which was the first state in the U.S.to report "widespread" flu activity this season (on December 2).

Older adults were more protected from the strain as it was similar to another strain that had circulated many years prior that they may have been exposed to when they were younger.

"The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you're protecting others around you too", Price said.

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Anyone experiencing trouble breathing, high fever that lasts for several days or those with chronic health conditions are advised to see a physician.

During the 2017-18 season, 185 children died of flu complications in the United States, officials from the Centers for Disease Control said.

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, fatigue and coughing.

Twelve-year-old Quinton Kequahtooway, for example, is very lucky to be alive.

She's the second little one to have died from flu-associated issues in Kane County over the past year.

Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask. The U.S. CDC typically announces initial vaccine effectiveness for the season in February, after collecting data.

The predominant influenza strain affecting adults and children alike this year is H1N1, a serotype of the Influenza A virus that caused the deadly Spanish flu pandemic a century ago and the so-called "swine flu" pandemic of 2009 and 2010.

"They believe we have already peaked", said Burton.

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