Number Of People Die After Swine Flu Outbreak

Brittany Mendoza
January 5, 2019

Dr. Rodrigues says it is also really important for parents of young kids keep tabs on their health during the flu season.

As the number of flu cases spikes in New Brunswick, health professionals are sounding the alarm that not enough people are getting the flu shot. This season started a bit more slowly and it's not picking up as fast as a year ago, Brammer said.

During the last week of December, some 4.1 percent of doctor visits in the USA were because of flu-like illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly report known as FluView. "Up from previous weeks where we have 5-6 in an entire week", said Tom Haupt, DHS. It was the highest flu-related death toll in at least 40 years.

Four influenza-related pediatric deaths were reported during the week. The main flu strain now circulating is the Influenza A/H1N1.

Most confirmed flu cases and hospitalizations have been of people under the age of 65.

"The flu seasons last anywhere from six to 12 weeks, up to 18 weeks".

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

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So far, 8 people in Pennsylvania have died from the flu this season.

The HSE uses a scale to determine when the flu season fully begins which incorporates a number of elements including a range of data.

The state department of health is tracking the flu this year. They both can infect your airways and cause coughing.

"People can still get the benefit of the vaccine, as the flu season can persist for months, even up until May in some years", she says, adding that the flu shot is the most effective way to protect against getting the flu.

If you get the flu, antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza can make your illness less severe.

Stay home when you are ill-especially do not visit the hospital if you have flu-like symptoms.

The flu shot is likely to help a lot too this year, he said, as the vaccine is usually good at matching H1N1 strains.

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