Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

05 January, 2019, 05:57 | Author: Angelica Greene
  • First case of flu confirmed in the city

Dr Kelleher confirmed at least two people have died from the virus, with two more suspected deaths as a result of the flu. One of the 10 flu deaths in Arkansas this flu season was pediatric.

There are already 1,457 reported flu cases, which is slightly higher than what was reported this time last season.

"We recommend the flu shot because the virus is dead in the shot; the virus is still living in the nasal spray", said Thompson.

From August 2018 to the end of December 2018, there were 579 lab confirmed cases of the flu in the province, according to Flu Watch reports issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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You can not get the flu from the injectable vaccine given to most adults.

There have been reports of an increase in reported influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina.

The flu outbreak is likely going to get worse in the coming weeks.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness rose to 3.3 percent - 50 percent higher than the national baseline of 2.2 percent. We are averaging approximately 5-6 hospitalizations a day.

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Meanwhile, a boy and a girl, both four years old, are also in serious condition, with the influenza A infection, and severe pneumonia.

"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".

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

"It is not too late to get your flu vaccine". While the vaccine was discovered in 1942, its production was not truly beneficial until 1972, when the World Health Organization (WHO) developed better technology to identify the viral strains infecting people. "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza".

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Mission Health team members and visitors can help prevent the spread of influenza by practicing frequent hand hygiene, staying home if they are sick and getting an annual influenza vaccine.

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