Teacher among four NI deaths linked to flu

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There are major fears over the availability of flu jabs to patients as a series of viruses spread across the UK.

"They can carry influenza viruses not have as many symptoms", said Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease doctor with Novant Health, "So to keep our patients safe in buildings, we say it's best if you don't bring children into the hospital to visit".

Between Dec., 31 and January, 6 Manitoba Health reports 17 deaths associated with the flu since September, 1, 2017. The majority of the hospitalizations and deaths were associated with influenza A, according to the annual report for 2014-15.

According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week.

"That's why we had a lot sicker people", he said. Countywide, more than 1,200 cases have been confirmed, a number that is expected to rise.

However, there is no evidence so far the "Aussie flu" strain - which was circulating here last winter and led to a severe season of illness - is more aggressive this year. Symptoms are often similar, but the onset of flu is marked by abrupt fever, chills and often body aches, sore throat and a cough.

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He added the country "would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly". The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly describe the conversation.

According to both Dr. Sims and the CDC, that claim is TRUE. Complications, which may be serious, can include pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear and sinus infections.

Baylor College of Medicine physician assistant, Isabel Valdez, said a healthy practice to avoid the flu is good, long hand-washing, but the best prevention is the flu vaccine no matter what some reports may say about its effectiveness. Therefore, you could still have the flu, even though your rapid test result is negative. It's not yet known how effective the vaccine is for this season.

The CDC recommends that to reduce risk, people cover their mouths when they cough, wash their hands frequently, limit contact with others who might be sick, and if possible, stay home when they're sick to prevent the spread of germs and illness.

Columbia County saw a 9.5 percent increase in residents getting flu vaccinations in 2017, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority. The federal CDC estimates that there are 9.2 million to 35.2 million cases of the flu each season nationally, with hospitalizations ranging from 140,000 to 710,000. The CDC is calling it an epidemic. "We are keeping them safe however with the immunizations, we may have children coming in with other illnesses that we can't say is the flu or not the flu". "We don't have a crystal ball". In the same time frame a year ago, Callaway County had 37 confirmed cases of influenza A.

"If it's like other years, there are still 11 to 13 more weeks of influenza to go", Jernigan said, adding that various strains of the flu tend to show up later in the season.

"Flu activity has definitely increased", Armellino said.

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