Flu season isn't over yet, Alberta Health Services says

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

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.

The department said last Wednesday that a total of 10 people have now died due to influenza during the flu season that began in September.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which officials say tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain that circulated last season.

CAMDEN, NJ- To combat an already busy flu season, the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will continue to offer flu shots through February.

While everybody can get the flu, undoubtedly, the H1N1 influenza strain is much risky to kids and young adults, but also for people with weakened immune systems.

Statewide, Ohio Department of Health reported 540 flu-associated hospitalizations between October 14, 2018 through December 29, 2018. The flu vaccine can not give persons the flu, but may cause one to develop flu-like symptoms.

Schlueter mentioned he didn't know whether or not the 3-year-old had gotten a flu shot, however, pointed to the CDC's pointers on the difficulty. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 flu season, 9,268 cases of the flu have been confirmed throughout Pennsylvania, with 96 cases reported in Centre County.

The first and second flu deaths in the county this year were 56 and 66-year-old patients who lived in Dallas and Garland.

However one doctor at St. Francis Hospital said there are actually fewer cases than a year ago. If not, it isn't too late.

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The 15-64 age group have suffered the most, said the HSE, which predicts flu in children will increase since schools have returned after Christmas.

According to the CDC, in past flu seasons when the match between flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus is close, a flu shot is between 60 to 70 percent effective.

Children 6 months old and younger typically have antibodies in their system passed on by their mothers, and after that, it can take children up to five years to develop a strong immune system.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue.

The flu, also called influenza, is a sickness caused by a virus. Even if you do get sick, the flu shot can keep your illness from getting much worse. So far, the current vaccine appears to have worked well in that region and is performing better than last year's vaccine.

The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.

The most important thing to remember during cold and flu season is to protect yourself against these germs when you are around other people.

Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask.

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