January 19, 2019

Flu-related deaths in Arkansas rise by 4, now stands at 10

05 January 2019, 08:10 | Rodolfo Wallace

Cerro Gordo County reporting multiple cases of the flu

First case of flu confirmed in the city

The CDC said 4.5 percent of people who went to the hospital the week of December 22 either had the flu or flu-like illnesses, and it was higher than the week before.

Mission Health team members and visitors can help prevent the spread of influenza by practicing frequent hand hygiene, staying home if they are sick and getting an annual influenza vaccine.

"It's important people still get their flu vaccines if they have not gotten it", Destree explains.

But as Americans roll up their sleeves to get this year's flu shot, the severity of last year's season cast a big shadow.

DPH reports weekly influenza activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far, Carilion has seen almost 400 cases of the flu.

Things have dramatically changed over the last 118 years, with infections no longer being common causes of mortality.

In Texas, reports show that the percentage of patients with flu-like illness and those who've tested positive for influenza has increased.

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The silver lining this flu season is that the strain found this year is the same from last year. It is not too late to protect yourself and others this flu season.

"The U.S., nearly alone in the Northern Hemisphere, had a very bad flu season related to the H3N2", said Dr. Arnold Monto, a world-renown flu expert at the University of MI.

The CDC recommended that anyone 6 months of age or older who has not yet received the flu vaccine do so as soon possible.

In February of a year ago, the flu vaccine advisory group of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended changing two of the four components for the flu vaccine administered in the Northern Hemisphere.

"Last year was a record bad year", Brammer said.

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

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.

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