Six people die from flu in ten days

Spencer Underwood
January 11, 2019

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports three people have died from the flu this season.

From September 1 to December 29, 2018, Dr. Warshawsky says there have been 1,767 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported in Ontario. She said she's seen more people coming in to get flu shots this year compared to last, and she thinks that's because flu season was so bad last year.

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.

In short, there is still time for you to get your flu shot and keep influenza at bay during this year's flu season which would be led by H1N1 influenza strain which is threatening kids and young adults more than other segments of the population.

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. The State Health Department's Tony Sellars says getting vaccinated is still the best way to prevent or mitigate the flu. "If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, you can still get your flu shot now".

Perhaps as a result of that ordeal, Goodman said, "There seemed to be more demand for flu shots this year".

It's also important to remember that the flu vaccine typically helps shorten the duration and reduce the severity of your symptoms even if you do get the flu-which is another great reason to get your flu shot each year!

It's not too late to get an influenza vaccination.

According to the province's chief medical officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, flu season has peaked and there are still two to four more weeks of Influenza A transmission left.

Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.

For nearly everyone. The CDC recommends flu shots for anyone 6 months and older.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16. Northern Health says data from health care visits and lab confirmation show influenza activity is also on the rise in Northern B.C.

We know that one of the type A viruses, A (H3N2), causes the most severe flu symptoms.

FLU-v is a broad spectrum influenza vaccine that targets regions in the influenza virus that are conserved among many different influenza strains.

"They believe we have already peaked", said Burton.

No. The flu can be a very serious disease, particularly among young children, older adults, and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes.

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