Flu season lands hard on New York and the Southern U.S.

05 January, 2019, 05:58 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • First case of flu confirmed in the city

The flu season got off to a deadly start in Hong Kong claiming the lives of one child and seven adults in the space of five days, health authorities said on Friday.

For the same week previous year (week 51, December 17-23, 2017), the CDC reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths. According to the North Carolina Public Health Division, flu-like illness in the state has reached more than 2 percent and local transmission has increased.

Lynn Sutfin, with the Michigan Department of Health, says cases of the flu are on the rise across the state.

Galbraith added that it's not too late to get vaccinated against the flu.

"Last year was a record bad year", Brammer said.

But people are taking no chances with this year's flu strain.

It's too early to tell how severe this season will be or what the mix of viruses will be, Brammer said. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths.

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Health experts say when it comes to the flu, there are major symptoms to be on the look out for - especially ones that appear suddenly and severely.

"Less than 1 in 3 people in Wisconsin have received influenza vaccines". They both can infect your airways and cause coughing.

"There's still a lot more flu season to come", she said.

"We see the young, we see the very old, individuals who are healthy, individuals who have chronic illnesses who become hospitalized and die every year from the flu".

"Getting your flu shot is the most effective way to reduce the spread of influenza in our community - it protects you and others around you", said Kim Presta, a manager in the health unit's clinical services division, in a release. "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza".

The girl, who did not get the flu jab either, was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on December 26.

If you have a flu-like sickness, try to stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

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