20 flu deaths in New Hampshire so far this season

20 flu deaths in New Hampshire so far this season

20 flu deaths in New Hampshire so far this season

"Obviously they raise concerns".

According to hospitalization numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, residents in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties accounted for the most flu hospitalizations in the state.

The child lived in the Upper Peninsula, but the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services hasn't released any other information. The ages of deaths range from 1 to 101.

The previously reported death of one Arkansas child was from an influenza A virus known as H1N1, Haselow said.

"The laboratory test that we use for influenza is not 100 percent ideal, since it depends on how the specimen is collected and processed, and how far advanced the disease is when the specimen is taken".

Nationwide, the CDC reports an additional 16 flu-related pediatric deaths as of the end of last week, bringing the total number of children killed this year by the flu to 53. Six had confirmed flu vaccinations.

As for 2014, Leonard says that was a year that the flu vaccine didn't accurately predict some strains of the virus. About a third of that group had received the vaccine, department spokesman Meg Mirivel said this week.

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness", said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director. We can't say if we've reached the peak. "We have plenty in our health units now". Also, some people can be infected with the flu, not show symptoms and still spread the virus, Patel said.

Aaron from Huntsville Alabama also suffered from cystic fibrosis a genetic disorder that damages the lungs and restricts the ability to breathe making his flu diagnosis even worse

Influenza is a highly contagious viral disease.

People also should wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces, cover their coughs and stay home when they're feeling sick to protect themselves and others, Dawson said.

She explained that statistical models are used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the annual number of seasonal flu-related deaths.

The flu season is only several weeks old, but already it's likely to be one of the worst in recent history.

Still, she and Patel said that while getting a shot is not a 100 percent guarantee of not getting sick, it can still be effective in reducing the severity of symptoms.

"Flu is incredibly complex and hard to predict and this season is a somber reminder of why flu is one of the world's greatest public health challenges", she said.

In less than two months since 2018 began, there have been numerous cases of people getting the flu - which is normally expected to occur this time of year.

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