Flu-related deaths spike to 17 this season in Manitoba

Despite concerns that the flu shot isn't working this year, Saskatchewan health officials say it's too early to confirm that notion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccination should continue throughout flu season, as long as flu viruses are circulating.

Since 2010, the CDC estimates there have been between 9.2 and 60.8 million flu cases each year.

"However, we know from past experience, it will be many more weeks for flu activity to slow down".

The Commissioner of Public Health warned that there have been 15 flu-related deaths of people 65 and older this season, with that same age group making up the majority of the more than 450 flu hospitalizations.

This week's flu stats are particularly sobering when it comes to pediatric deaths. That death becomes the fifth reported flu death in Tennessee this year. Rates for adults ages 50 to 64 were 24.0 per 100,000 population, and children ages 0 to 4 years were 16.0 per 100,000 population. Some hospitals in California have been so overwhelmed that they had to send patients to other ERs.

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Typically, Bradford makes that throw in his sleep. "I just thought it was best for him that we got him out of there". But as fate would have it... "Duck, duck, goose was planned in the huddle right before we went out", Rudolph said.

Some pharmacies in the city are running out of Tamiflu, an antiviral flu medication that blocks the effects of the virus when taken in the first two days, but the province says wholesalers have lots and it's up to individual pharmacies to keep their stocks up.

Flu season in the United States is usually in the wintertime between September and May.

Dr Jernigan characterised the current flu season as "on the severe side", but said it does not appear to be as severe as the 2014/2015 flu season, which was also driven by an H3N2 virus. He stressed that the best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu vaccine. "Patients that are admitted to the hospital for other reasons could see their conditions worsen if they contract the flu". Most otherwise-healthy people who get the flu, however, do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs. A school in North Carolina was also forced to close after 160 students were out sick with flu-like symptoms.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. You could be just not feeling the greatest in the morning, you might feel like you're getting kind of a cold, and by early afternoon your whole body hurts, you have fevers, you got a cough, your nose is running. Use a tissue or cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or arm.

Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself from germs and avoid spreading them to others.


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