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

14 January 2018

"It's not too late to get vaccinated", Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis said. "Showing up with those influenza like illnesses".

The flu season may be peaking in this country, but it could continue for many more weeks.

To protect the family's privacy, the children's hometown, county and gender are not being released.

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Levine said, "I think in general that's true in any given season so I don't want to make it sound like this season is different than other, it's another reason why we recommend all children over six months of age get vaccinated".

For the last five weeks, influenza has been geographically widespread.

There were 128 positive flu tests during the same period in 2016, health officials said.

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Commissioner Raul Pino said "We want to encourage everyone in CT to get vaccinated, it's very important for immune disorders, preexisting conditions, and for people 65 years and older". "We have a lot of flu season to get through still", he said. While reports earlier this season cautioned that the vaccine may only be 10 percent effective - as happened in Australia - Jernigan said the estimates for this year are likely in the 30 percent range.

More than 300 people have been hospitalized and least four have died from influenza-related illnesses in Georgia this season.

Even without a pandemic, a severe flu year kills almost 650,000 people worldwide, while a mild one kills just under 300,000, the study concluded. So if H3N2 was included in the flu shot, why is it still making people sick? It's especially important to drink more if you suffer vomiting or diarrhea.

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Cases of students with flu-like symptoms were worse between Thanksgiving and Christmas break, a nursing supervisor with the Boise district said. Health officials reported their findings in a Thursday morning phone conference. There are no current shortages of antiviral drugs, and manufacturers report they expect to meet projected seasonal demands.

Seven children died from the flu last week, bringing the total paediatric flu deaths reported to the CDC this season up to 20.

To monitor circulating flu viruses through the year, the DPH uses multiple surveillance systems to gain preliminary insight into the spread of influenza across the state.

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Tamiflu, on the other hand, which comes in capsules, costs between $50 and $60 before insurance and requires a prescription, and generally reduces the length of time someone is sick with the flu by a couple days.

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