Health officials: 13 Oklahomans have died from the flu

11 January, 2019, 09:40 | Author: Norman Carr
  • The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

The Aurora child is one of 13 pediatric deaths nationwide this flu season, and is the first flu-related death in IL this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Calgary's flu season isn't over yet, the city's medical officer of health says, as the latest numbers from Alberta Health Services show 1,897 confirmed cases of influenza A in the region so far.

Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.

According to data compiled by Public Health Nursing at Richland Public Health, flu season has arrived in Richland County. Health officials stress that vaccination can help prevent the flu.

Statewide, Ohio Department of Health reported 540 flu-associated hospitalizations between October 14, 2018 through December 29, 2018.

People get sick more often in the winter because they are exposed to each other more than in the summer. Use your TRICARE benefit to get the flu vaccine.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. 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.

Doctors say 85 percent of kids who died from the flu a year ago had not been vaccinated.

"If you are a business owner, you should also encourage your employees to get vaccinated".

While, as of press time, the health care system had not again restricted children 12 and younger from visiting patients in high-risk units such as pediatric intensive care and hematology/oncology, Lee Health is asking that children not visit hospitalized patients while flu is prevalent, and that anyone with flu symptoms not visit as well.

Q: Last year's flu vaccine was about 40 percent effective, according to the CDC.

"In terms of whether the flu season has peaked or not, we really don't know", Price said. It has roughly the same level of effectiveness as Tamiflu, but it also seems to reduce shedding of the virus, or the amount of virus you put out that can infect other people.

Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and cough.

LPETTET via Getty ImagesWe haven't yet reached the peak of flu season, doctors say.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested. "It's the best protection that we have to give people against the flu", said Russell, adding that children and adolescents, adults with underlying lung or heart conditions and the elderly should make sure they are immunized.



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