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Flu cases increase in Lucas County

Flu cases increase in Lucas County

And, Sherlock says, "It's not too late to get a flu shot".

Nationwide, there are more than 6,400 confirmed cases of influenza as of December 29; New Jersey reports 408 cases as of December 29. Eighty-five per cent of children admitted to intensive care because of the flu are under the age of 10, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season.

The death follows last year's severe flu season, during which an estimated 80,000 people were lost to the viral infection, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield said in September.

During the 2017-18 flu season, 11 flu-associated deaths in people under 65 were reported in Santa Clara County, Cody said.

This time previous year, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since.

"It's not just flu, but also other respiratory viruses", tweeted hospital CEO Alex Munter, "busy viral season".

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This year, we are seeing influenza A H1N1 and H3N2, and influenza B viruses.

In Europe, both influenza A strains H1N1 and H3N2 were circulating in equal proportions.

Ottawa's hospitals and Ottawa Public Health are encouraging people who think they have the flu to stay home and rest, take plenty of liquids and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever. You can not get the flu from the flu shot, but immunity usually takes about two weeks to develop.

That's right. Fewer than half of us got a flu shot even though we have more people covered by insurance and Medicaid expansion, and you can hardly walk into a drug store or supermarket pharmacy area that isn't touting the availability of flu shots - typically with no co-pay. It is most effective if started within the first 48 hours of symptoms, so it's important to call as soon as flu is suspected.

"Vaccination - although not ideal - still prevents many infections completely, and even if you get influenza having received the vaccine, your illness is much more likely to be milder, and you're less likely to get the complications of pneumonia and having to be hospitalized".


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