Jump in flu diagnoses reported for London-Middlesex

Henrietta Brewer
January 10, 2020

Flu season started early this year, with confirmed cases of influenza beginning to rise unusually high by October.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, and Tulsa Health Department are warning Oklahomans to take this year's flu seriously as the CDC predicts this year's virus is particularly unusual and is expected to be severe. "It is a quick and easy process to help protect not only yourself, but anyone you may come into contact with this flu season. That seems to be the trend and the trajectory that we are on at this time". "Lower your risk and the risk of those around you by getting the flu vaccine".

By the same point in the 2018-19 flu season, an unusually mild year for flu in London and Middlesex County, no deaths were reported by the local public health authority.

"It's not too late to get vaccinated", Peterson said, "and we urge everyone to do so - especially those whose age or health condition makes them more vulnerable".

Kevin Hall, spokesman for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, said the victim was older than 50 and had "underlying health issues". A total of 44 cases of Influenza A were reported, along with 23 cases of Influenza B. Twenty-three people were hospitalized.

Because of that, Young offered extra caution for parents or guardians of sick children.

There were 1,623 confirmed flu cases reported last week, almost 300 more than were reported two weeks ago.

"If you're not sure if it's quite a cold or the flu, air on the side of seeing your primary care physician or pediatrician because one thing that we don't want to happen is that they're fighting the flu, they get dehydrated, they have more symptoms or complications down the road".

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