Published: Sat, January 05, 2019
Health Care | By Terrence Lopez

Flu activity on the rise in Mississippi

Flu activity on the rise in Mississippi

One man is dead from the flu and contributing issues, marking Iowa's first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 influenza season. Last year, flu killed 185 children, the highest number of pediatric flu deaths in a regular flu season, according to the CDC.

"When the flu vaccine is effective it can make a big difference", she says.

The Nebraska influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between DHHS and its many partners in the state including, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics and emergency departments.

That virus is similar to the one that caused the flu pandemic in 2009, said Halperin, but hasn't been predominant since then - meaning that many people likely don't have immunity to it anymore. "A year ago it was 17 weeks which was really very long". The main flu strain now circulating is the Influenza A/H1N1.

There have been 1,884 lab-confirmed cases of the flu in this region, making up 40 per cent of the total 4,634 cases across Alberta. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths. A strain of the H1N1 virus has predominated this season so far, but it's too soon to tell if that will continue for the remainder of the season, state health officials wrote in the update.

According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza.

27 people died from flu-related complications past year in Lexington.

Kelleher notes that while most people will recover from flu symptoms by themselves, anyone concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service.

"It is not too late to get your flu vaccine". They both can infect your airways and cause coughing.

If untreated, the CDC said the flu can lead to more complicated health problems like bacterial infections and pneumonia.

"If you're not getting better, and your practitioner says you should be better in five to seven days, and you're not better, get checked out again", added Dr. Rodrigues. "Be sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and water and stay home if you are sick with flu-like illness".

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