Dallas County Now Up to 23 Flu-Related Deaths This Season

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2018

30, the California Department of Public Health reported elevated flu activity in all of the state's 58 counties. New Hampshire is now one of only four states in the country - along with Maine, Hawaii and New Jersey - where the spread influenza is categorized as "regional".

At the peak of the 2014-15 season, one of the two most severe seasons in the last 15 years or so, 29.9 people out of every 100,000 were hospitalized for flu.

In December, the state announced its first child death from flu for the 2017-18 flu season.

According to Summit County Public Health, there are no vaccine shortages in OH so there's still time to get a flu shot through your family doctor or at retail pharmacies such as CVS or Walgreens. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms you are encouraged to make an appointment with your local healthcare provider.

Officials do not release precise age and location information about those who died, but said all of the 11 people were older than 50.

Marion County health officials say this season's rate of flu activity and respiratory complaint reports is greater than last season's.

The main flu strain circulating this season called influenza A (H3N2).

Where the real problems begin is the mixing of both the Influenza A strain H3N2 and Influenza B. While the B strain is covered by flu vaccines, they aren't so effective against the H3N2 strain.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

It also reported that 1,200 people had tested positive for the flu, a number that experts say is likely much higher. And 20 children have died from the flu so far this season.

It is still too soon to say just how bad this flu season will be, but the CDC believes it could reach near epidemic levels. "This tells us that the possibility exists for our flu cases to surge even higher, so we want to do everything we can to prevent that", said Swift.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Doctors advise everyone to: cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, stay at home when you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, and wash your hands as frequently as possible.

If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Other reports by iNewsToday