Lee County sees jump in flu cases

Brittany Mendoza
January 11, 2019

Six people have died from flu in the past ten days as hospitals reported a 13.5 per cent rise in the number of patients compared with a year ago.

ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18.

Influenza has led to the deaths of at least 24 people this flu season, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Mema also says they've seen more younger people die from flu-related complications this year.

"For the current season, the H3N2 strain included in the vaccine has been updated to better match the circulating strain, which will hopefully result in better protection against this strain compared to a year ago", Durham said.

Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been studying the spread of the flu virus and the effectiveness of vaccines and antiviral medications for more than five decades.

"Most experts think that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk", says the CDC.

The Florida Department of Health provides free shots for children in Lee County.

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The coroner said he was unable to find any congenital or pre-existing medical issues and her doctors said she was up to date on her immunizations, but he does not know if that includes receiving a flu shot, Russell said. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown.

"Flu season has arrived, and the CDC is reporting widespread influenza activity in our region".

"According to the CDC, children up to age four are among the most vulnerable populations. In addition, we have vaccinated against this strain of H1N1 in 2009 and every year since", says Dr. Warshawsky.

Complications including serious infections, hospitalization, or even death are possible for anyone who has the flu, and they're more likely for people who have other medical conditions, are pregnant, or have other high-risk conditions.

More Mainers are dying from the flu. When circulating viruses are substantially different from those in the vaccine, vaccine effectiveness can be reduced.

At least four children in IL died from the flu a year ago.

The South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) has maintained that all procedures were followed in the treatment of a patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the San Fernando General Hospital, who died from swine flu. "We are far from the peak for the time being as the epidemic limit for our country is 500 cases per 100,000". "She had the flu for a couple of days at home, and like any parent would do, they treated it and gave her bed rest".

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