Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina

Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina

Both outpatient visits and hospitalizations related to influenza-like illnesses are above the expected levels for this stage of the flu season.

Whitney provides the current numbers of flu victims in Montana.

California is one of 49 states and Puerto Rico that have reported either regional or widespread flu activity during the week ending December 23, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s most recent surveillance report. And it's one of 36 states where flu activity is considered geographically widespread.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Lee Health has reported 330 confirmed flu cases in the past three days.

Statewide totals are up significantly as well.

Already, nine people have died from influenza this season in Manitoba, according to Manitoba Health, compared to 12 people in total previous year.

The child was between ages of 5 and 17.

Nationally, there have been 12 pediatric deaths from the flu. One state reported local activity and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam did not report.

A second child in North Carolina has died from a flu-related illness during the 2017-18 flu season, state health officials said Thursday. But it's hard to compare one flu season with another, he said.

Novant said in a statement that "while we constantly monitor the spread of influenza at our hospitals, as well as in the communities we serve, at this time we do not feel that we have reached the threshold where visitor restrictions are necessary". It's never too late for people to get their flu shot since flu season typically lasts from October to April. While critics are quick to jump on the flu vaccine's relative ineffectiveness against H3N2 - studies indicate vaccine effectiveness is, at most, 30 percent - Dean recommends the shot for everyone aged 6 months and older.

Since September 1st, more than 600 people have been hospitalized in Oklahoma with the flu and 13 have died.

"We're about two weeks ahead of where we were a year ago", she said.

Stay home when you're sick or have flu symptoms.

"Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean", said Brandie Anderson, director of infection prevention at Banner-University Medical Center. The hospital took patients who arrived in the emergency room other than by ambulance, Matuska said.

Contact Mikayla Mace at 573-4158 and Stephanie Innes at 573-4134.

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