March 19, 2018

Dallas County Now Up to 23 Flu-Related Deaths This Season

12 January 2018, 09:16 | Lena Norman

Three more flu-related deaths reported in Lucas County

Chard & Ilminster News

Since flu season started - October 1 - the rate of hospitalizations has been 13.7 per 100,000 people in the U.S. The highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 and older (56.6 per 100,000), followed by adults 50-64 (15.4 per 100,000) and children younger than 5 (9.9 per 100,000), the CDC reported.

Dr. Zeeshan Shaikh of Southwest Urgent and Family Care said this is the worst flu season he's ever seen and blames it on a number of different reasons. In the 2013-2014 season, there were only 1,540 hospitalizations and nearly the same exact number in the 2015-2015 season at 1,541. A lot of cold air, a lot of cold this season. "Flu can easily circulate through April and beyond". "The vaccine effectiveness is generally less for H3N2, than it is for when influenza is H1N1 or influenza B".

Across the country in DE, the Division of Public Health (DPH) says lab-confirmed cases of influenza in DE have increased significantly over the last few weeks.

Those aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people at most risk of serious illness are all offered the flu vaccination on the NHS. Last year, the province administered 290,000 vaccines. But it seems more Americans are getting sick this year with more severe symptoms.

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The youngest people to die in Travis County from flu so far this season were in their 50s.

"It is anticipated that the local seasonal influenza activity will continue to rise in the coming weeks and remain at an elevated level for some time", said the Centre for Health Protection.

Baptist Health System in Birmingham issued a similar flu alert advisory Thursday, warning the community that area hospitals are seeing a "significant surge in flu and other respiratory illness patients" and that emergency departments "have reached maximum capacity". Walgreens surveys more than 8,100 pharmacies nationwide every week to see where prescriptions for antiviral medications to treat flu symptoms are rising. These drugs work best when treatment begins within two days of symptoms starting but may still be helpful after that time. "It has been concerning across the country", Ledford said of the flu season. "I don't know if he got the flu vaccine". If you don't have insurance, the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program and the Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine program provide free or low-priced vaccines. Remember the four "C" s: Clean your hands, Cover your cough, Contain germs by avoiding others when you're sick, and Call your doctor if you experience a high-grade fever.

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