Health unit: Influenza case confirmed in Sudbury

Health unit: Influenza case confirmed in Sudbury

People don't seem to be as sick as they were this time past year, but state officials are warning this flu season could get worse soon.

She said that four flu deaths have already occurred North Carolina this season and the most common way to protect oneself is the flu shot.

This year's flu season started earlier than usual, according to reports from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

"The level of activity we have at this point is actually a little bit lower than what we saw at the same point a year ago", Pedati said.

The Nebraska influenza surveillance system is a collaborative effort between DHHS and its many partners in the state including, local health departments, public health and clinical laboratories, vital statistics offices, healthcare providers, clinics and emergency departments.

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This year, the majority of flu vaccines being offered in the community protect against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B, the release said.

At this point a year ago, there were 11,275 confirmed cases.

Widespread is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu cases or flu outbreaks in at least half of the Commonwealth's regions. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness rose to 3.3 percent - 50 percent higher than the national baseline of 2.2 percent. Children younger than 5 had the highest incidence of hospitalization, with 10 per 100,000 people.

Developing on the health beat: The flu is ramping up in MI.

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She lost her 6-year-old daughter, Allison Eaglespeaker, to flu on December 1.

Minnesota's 2017-18 flu season peaked at more than 650 hospitalizations.

Getting vaccinated won't guarantee that you won't come down with flu, but if you do, your illness will be milder, health experts say.

It is not too late to get the flu vaccine.

If you get the flu, antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza can make your illness less severe. If you do get sick, please stay home until you're much better.

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