Flu season still average, but abnormal for Nova Scotia

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The number of deaths due to the flu rose by five in the past week to bring the total number to 184 in what was already the state's deadliest flu season since the state Department of Health began tracking the deaths in 2000.

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years.

A woman in her 60s, with underlying medical conditions, also died as a result of complications related to the flu.

You can help prevent the spread of influenza by practicing frequent hand hygiene, staying home if you are sick and by getting an annual influenza vaccination.

In total, 4,336 people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma for the flu this season, according to the report. Although the doctor thought her symptoms were atypical of flu, a lab test came back positive for the A strain of the influenza virus, she said in a telephone interview. No other northern IN counties had five or more flu-related deaths.

Out of the 114 pediatric flu deaths in the United States this season, there were two flu-related deaths in West Virginia. In addition, the vaccine is 42 percent effective against the influenza B viruses, which are also circulating widely, the researchers said. DPH said statewide emergency department visits attributed to the flu have decreased for the last four weeks, but at 8.8 percent, remain well above the baseline level of 5 percent statewide.

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On Wednesday, South Carolina released the latest numbers for flu deaths in the state.

Flu symptoms include a fever of 102 degrees or higher, a dry or hacking cough, severe body aches, and chills.

Experts identify the strains most likely to infect people a year ahead of time, meaning unexpected strains can come out of the woodwork and cause chaos.

The uncommonly harsh flu season claimed another seven lives in CT in recent days, but the worst of the outbreak appears to be over, health officials announced Thursday. If you use tissues, throw them away immediately - and then wash your hands.

The single most vital thing that must be done is to develop a universal flu vaccine, he said.

Studies of flu rates comparing eras when school children in Japan had mandatory inoculation to times when they didn't indicate that rates among the elderly went down when all or most children were inoculated, Blumberg said.

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