March 21, 2018

Alberta sees 'significant' number of influenza cases this season

09 March 2018, 07:48 | Lena Norman

Alberta sees 'significant' number of influenza cases this season

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The number of deaths and hospitalizations surpass any flu season in Oklahoma since the department began tracking the illness in 2009. Symptoms may include a sudden onset of fever, cough, headache or muscle aches, tiredness, sore throat and nasal congestion. That total is down nearly 4,500 from the previous week.

Type A flu, which has been more severe, was more common earlier in the season, but there have been more cases of less-severe Type B as the season progressed.

Cell-based and recombinant vaccine production can also be completed more quickly than egg-based production, which can provide more effective seasonal influenza vaccine, according to the company.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reports there was one pediatric death among those reported in the week ending March 3. Jamie Dukes with the State Health Department says the older population is the most vulnerable.

Connecticut's flu season has been the deadliest in years. Georgetown County has racked up 2,505 cases of its own. The H3N2 strain of the virus was most common statewide, responsible for nearly 70 percent of all diagnoses. There are likely more flu-associated deaths across the state, Mask said.

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That's 58 more deaths than the next highest totals in the past decade: a year ago 218 N.C. residents died because of the flu and the same number died in the 2014-15 season.

While flu activity has leveled off, it doesn't mean the threat is over. "Getting vaccinated is the No. 1 way to combat this contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization - and even death", a prepared statement said.

Both locations will offer immunizations from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Wednesday morning, according to the release.

Carteret Health Care staff worked with county schools, the community college and urgent care centers to monitor the spread of flu, and all have reported a decrease in flu-like illnesses in the past two weeks.

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