Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

More Flu-Related Deaths Were Recorded In The US

More Flu-Related Deaths Were Recorded In The US

In all, 354 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 2,646.

Denton County Public Health reported Wednesday the sixth and seventh influenza-associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-2018 flu season. "This year has shown a heightened flu season across the board". The median age of those being admitted to the hospital for the flu is 74 years old.

The flu vaccine is typically available at your family doctor's office and is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other health insurance providers.

In Santa Barbara County, 183 out of 1900 patients during the week of January 27 had ILI, about 9.6 percent, according to the Health Department's most recent report.

The Outcome Health campaign will provide information about protecting those who are unable to get the vaccine, and actions to take if you or someone in your household gets sick.

"It is not too late to get vaccinated", said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS. According to the report, "this trend is significantly higher than that seen in the same time period in 2017 at 5.5%".

As for the reason some people aren't coming to get the shot, Carlson said she's heard a lot about the shots being effective.

As one of the worst flu seasons in almost a decade continues to thrive across the country, OR is the first state in the lower 48 to see the virus decline from "widespread" to "regional". "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".

"This season continues to surprise us", Haselow said.

The predominate strain this year is the H3N2 strain (an influenza A subtype) and a recent Canadian study has found the current vaccine's effectiveness against H3N2 is 17 per cent.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

"I also know there are ongoing concerns about whether the flu vaccine that many people received will be effective or whether you'll be able to fill a prescription for antiviral medicine", Schuchat said.

The bulk of the deaths statewide have been with people ages 65 and older, according to the state Department of Health.

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