March 24, 2018

Ventura County flu deaths rise again; public health officials urge vaccination

13 January 2018, 05:15 | Rufus Hill

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced eight deaths occurred this week, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths to 14 since October 1, 2017.

Since the flu virus can spread through coughing or sneezing, it is especially important for family members and people who have regular contact with high-risk individuals to be vaccinated.

- A spike in flu cases in NY and across the country has health officials urging people to get influenza vaccine if they haven't done so already. "It's not too late".

In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed.

Folk said if history repeats itself, the number of diagnosed flu cases will continue to rise over the next month or so.

The strain of influenza that is spreading the most is called H3N2.

Among people of all ages, 36 people have died in Los Angeles County this flu season and 91 in San Diego County, officials say.

In one indicator of a worsening season, the CDC reported seven pediatric flu deaths.

Though Chen says this year's flu shot is weaker than in years past, but says that shouldn't mean a person doesn't get it.

Ohio's flu incidence has been widespread for weeks and is accelerating, with 1,750 new hospitalizations just last week.

But the severity of this flu season isn't expected to be quite as bad as the 2014-15 season, during which vaccine effectiveness was very low and there were about 700,000 hospitalizations.

Parkland Hospital in Dallas has seen nearly 1,000 people coming to their emergency department seeking treatment.

A spokesman for Riverside Health System did not respond to multiple requests for comment, however, Riverside is offering free flu vaccinations for people 14-years-old and older on a first come, first served basis while vaccine supplies last, according to its website. Wake Forest Baptist, Cone Health, and Novant Health put in visitor restrictions for the rest of the flu season.

Safranek recommended people seek a doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics if they get the flu.

Doctors also say research suggests that even if the vaccine doesn't prevent someone from getting the flu, it could help lessen the symptoms. "I don't know if he got the flu vaccine".

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