Flu season grows in severity

Flu season grows in severity

The Department of Public Health confirmed she died of influenza, citing clinical test results and symptoms.

Connolly applauded the efforts of city officials in keeping residents healthy, telling WHAV that Golden Hill elementary has been sanitized, as has the bus the ill child rode in.

"The flu season is predicted to last for several more weeks and there's a possibility that could even go in to April", Dr. Helen Morrow of Shelby County Health Department said. Connolly said the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office. Groups of people come from the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere to decide which strain of flu will be prominent during the winter season.

The flu vaccine is working better than doctors feared, but still is not especially effective, health officials said Thursday.

3, the CDC has reported a total of 63 flu-related pediatric deaths nationwide.

In fact, the CDC reported Thursday that the flu vaccine was providing more protection - with 59 percent effectiveness - for children aged 6 months to 8 years.

For the week ending on February 3, the proportion of people nationwide seeing their healthcare provider for influenza-like illness was 7.7 percent.

The 2018 flu season is on par with the worst in recent history - the 2014 through 2015 flu season, according to Doctors Report Illness Tracker.

Vaccine effectiveness is tricky to measure, because there is no way to know how many vaccinated people never got ill at all.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, every region of the state is reporting a high activity level of influenza. Children may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Delaware's Division of Public Health has confirmed the eleventh influenza-related death, but this is the only death due to the flu epidemic without previous underlying health conditions.

The good news, Hensley said, is that we've already had large numbers of H3N2 cases for two years in a row. If symptoms do not improve or worsen rapidly, they should seek medical attention immediately. This is because baby boomers were not previously exposed to the H3N2 strain as children, it is an irregular strain of flu, and as a whole, baby boomers don't get vaccinated as frequently as other demographics. One of the biggest issues - parents need to keep kids home from school when they're sick. People should stay at home until they have gone 24 hours without fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

"■ Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds".

■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way. If untreated, complications can arise from the flu such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections.



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