Flu numbers are on the rise in Northern B.C.

Flu numbers are on the rise in Northern B.C.

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.

From September 1 to December 29, 2018, Dr. Warshawsky says there have been 1,767 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza reported in Ontario.

Oklahoma City-County Health Department Executive Director Gary Cox says this flu season isn't as severe as last, and flu shots are still encouraged for everyone over 6-months-old.

Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, has been studying the spread of the flu virus and the effectiveness of vaccines and antiviral medications for more than five decades. Moreover, they are getting ready for next season with plans in place to purchase double the amount of anti-flu vaccines in autumn 2019, up from 41,000 past year to 80,000 for 2019.

New Jersey health officials confirmed the state's first pediatric flu death on Tuesday.

Q: In addition to getting the flu vaccine, what else can people do to protect themselves and their families this flu season?

Despite the severity of this year's flu, Mema says those experiencing flu symptoms don't need to rush to the hospital.

Flu season is back again and cases have went from local to regional within the state. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

Bennett said the flu often starts in the South and heads northward during the winter months, and ME was one of the last states in the nation past year to experience widespread flu.

Get plenty of rest and fluids if you're sick with influenza-like illness. "It literally "pays" to get a flu shot", Rodriguez said.

The flu season began early this year, in November, and has hit the region's children and young adults harder than in past years.

Symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, headaches, fatigue and coughing.

Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza.

According to the CDC, in past flu seasons when the match between flu vaccine and circulating strains of flu virus is close, a flu shot is between 60 to 70 percent effective.

This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.

"Some years it peaks in February, sometimes it peaks in March or April", Bennett said.

Flu stations also have been set up around the hospital, stocked with surgical masks, hand sanitizer, tissues and signs encouraging anyone with flu-like symptoms to wear a mask.

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