Report shows rise in flu-like illnesses

Desiree Steele
February 17, 2018

The Department of Public Health confirmed she died of influenza, citing clinical test results and symptoms.

The child was an Essex County resident. Connolly said the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner's office. Groups of people come from the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere to decide which strain of flu will be prominent during the winter season. Health officials are also reminding clinicians to promptly treat flu patients - particularly young children and those who are who are at high risk of serious flu complications - with antiviral medications.

"We are having these clinics to emphasize it's not too late to get vaccinated because we expect a lot more weeks of seasonal flu that we all know has already been intense".

As of February 3, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there have been 63 flu-associated pediatric deaths nationwide.

Given how contagious the flu has proven to be, a vaccination that prevents even one person from contracting the flu would prevent multitudes of others contracting it from them.


More people are expected to die of the flu, the Georgia Department of Public Health said in a news release.

The 2018 flu season is on par with the worst in recent history - the 2014 through 2015 flu season, according to Doctors Report Illness Tracker. "This one arrived early and continues to spread, leading many people throughout the Commonwealth to get sick".

DPH estimated that between 250 and 1,100 MA residents die annually from complications of the flu.

The Louisiana Department of Health made the announcement today, as widespread flu activity continues throughout the state.

The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. Also, the CDC recommends that individuals avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth, and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.


Outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses in Hawaii were up almost 8 percent from the previous week, according to the state Department of Health.

According to the CDC, the best way for parents to protect their children is to get them vaccinated every year.

Visit KnockOutFlu.org for places to get your vaccine, weekly flu activity updates, and frequently asked questions and concerns about the flu vaccine.

"The use of vaccination reduces the flu by at least 50 percent".

All visitors are being asked to sanitize their hands when they enter the St. Peter's and visitors now need to check in at nurses' stations if they are visiting a patient.


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