100 flu-related deaths reported in Kentucky

100 flu-related deaths reported in Kentucky

100 flu-related deaths reported in Kentucky

According to the State Health Department, the flu has been linked to 67 deaths this flu season.

Nearly 12,000 people in the United States have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza since the season started, the CDC reported.

The effectiveness of this season's flu shot has been extremely low, with the vaccine preventing only 10 to 20 per cent of infections caused by the dominant H3N2 strain affecting Canadians, researchers have found. "Except that last week or the week before, 2014-15 started to plateau and turn around - but 2017-18 continued to go up".

A nasty flu season means workers are staying home, and it's costing employers a bundle.

"So far this year, the cumulative rate of hospitalisation is the highest since we began tracking in this way", Dr Anne Schuchat, CDC's acting director told reporters on a conference call. The department does not track individual flu cases, only flu deaths. In early December, an influenza outbreak caused Litchfield schools to close for two days as 23 percent of the students were out sick.

Sydney Hanks died on Tuesday, day after being diagnosed with the flu.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has given this year's flu season its highest activity code, "widespread", on January 27, at the end of the epidemic's fourth week.

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Free flu shots are available throughout Los Angeles County. Health departments throughout the county report a spike in numbers in the past week. She retired past year and didn't get a flu shot figuring she was no longer around sick children.

"Over thanksgiving break I made it a priority to get my flu shot from my primary care doctor", said Hussey. "The flu season typically runs until late spring so it is not too late to get vaccinated".

The CDC said it's important if you notice a person is getting better from the flu and then suddenly gets worse for them to seek medical attention right away. Washing hands often is the best way to fight the spread of illness in a household.

What do you do when you get sick?

The clinic will provide care exclusively for community members experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose and sore throat. Remember, aspirin and aspirin-containing products should not be given to children or adolescents who have flu-like symptoms, unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons. "I think we're seeing a lot more concern among parents, which is reasonable". Adults aged 65 or older had the most hospitalisations, followed by those aged 50 to 64, and children below five. And because of Hurricane Maria, there's also a shortage of saline used to rehydrate flu patients. The store is also carrying elderberry, colloidal silver and echinacea - herbal prevention remedies.

"That's bad", Mike Couillard, a student at CCSU, said.

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