First Flu-Related Death in SLO County

Henrietta Brewer
January 15, 2020

Additionally, there have been more than 7,100 flu-related emergency room visits and 170 hospitalizations relating to flu or related illness.

The U.S. CDC is estimating that 10-14 million Americans have contracted the flu this season, with roughly 100,000 hospitalizations and 10,000 deaths.

Influenza B viruses circulate every year, but they are generally seen more often at the end of the flu season, towards the spring.

"In a typical Flu season about 75 percent of the flu cases presenting as type A Influenza and the remaining type B influenza", said Libby Richards an Associate Professor of Nursing at Purdue.

According to the health department, the predominant strain going around Northeast Ohio now is Influenza B and has been seen in around 73% of cases this season.

"The flu can be severe enough to take a life so we have to take it seriously for sure", Ross said. Previous year during this time there were 16 pediatric deaths. "But influenza B tends to hit pediatric patients and young adults disproportionately harder". "It's not a very good match for B/Victoria, ' said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reported CNN".

So far, 32 children have died from flu-related illness in the 2019-2020 flu season, including 21 deaths associated with influenza B viruses and 11 with influenza A viruses.

Health department numbers state that of those people affected by Influenza A this season, 59% of people were not vaccinated.

"It's not a ideal match, but vaccines are still the best bet to provide protection", he said.

One of the best ways to prevent the flu from sidelining you this season is to get the flu shot-that's why you already got yours way back in October, which means you should be pretty much covered this year, right? "Flu waxes and wanes; people shouldn't think it's over", he noted.

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