Health officials: 15 deaths, 'high level' of hospitalizations reported from flu

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association executive director Robert Thompson- Ashley Fitzpatrick

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association executive director Robert Thompson- Ashley Fitzpatrick

Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than flawless.

"The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky and in the 36 deaths is Influenza A", added Department for Public Health's State Epidemiologist, Dr. Jonathan Ballard.

"Both Marin General and Novato Community have been inundated with influenza cases", said Dr. Alexander Evens, an infectious disease specialist in San Rafael.

As the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health has sent out a reminder to Oklahomans saying there is still time to get a flu shot.

Haggie said there have been 16 lab-confirmed cases so far this flu season, with six of those cases requiring hospitalization; of those six, two people wound up in intensive care.

When the majority of the community is vaccinated, it also makes it less likely that residents with compromised immune systems who can not receive the vaccination will be infected with the flu.

"It was well received a year ago".

Health reports state that all of the patients who died from the virus were over the age of 50.

Long-term care residents are all vaccinated, pushing the rate among people 65 and up to 90 per cent, he said, while 98 per cent of children get a shot. "The H3N2 virus also tends to affect the age-65 age group a little more, and we have a lot of those in Marin".

"Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue".

Anton encouraged people to get flu shots if they haven't already and, if infected, to stay home and be aware. Many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay. Although millions of Californians have received a flu vaccination during this fall, the broad number of flu variants mean that only about 25 percent of those vaccinated are protected this year. Those at highest risk for flu complications are pregnant women; the elderly; children younger than 5; and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions. "Even said." We're hoping to see a peak, and it's going to come down but it is still just January.

Visit the City of Columbia's website for updates on the 2017-2018 flu season in Boone County. Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include: "washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick".

The California Department of Public Health recommends that all flu patients who are hospitalized or at higher risk for complications should be treated with an antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu.

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