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Flu claims 12 lives in state; cases reported in 70 counties

Flu claims 12 lives in state; cases reported in 70 counties

Provincially, she said, there has been an increase in flu activity and in reported outbreaks in institutions such as long-term care homes.

Officials say late January and early February form the peak of flu season.

Reports of flu are now widespread throughout the state, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Common symptoms include fever and chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Four flu deaths have been reported to the Arkansas Department of Health in the past two weeks, bringing the total deaths in the state to 12 during this year's flu season.

The CDC has also discovered that this year's strain of flu is "only somewhat covered by the vaccine that was given this year", Radke said. So far this season, 11 adults in North Carolina have died from the flu, with six of those being people 65 or older. "And the people who have had flu shots, their symptoms are much, much, much less".




"Across SLO County, we're seeing more confirmed cases of the flu than usual, and more people are visiting the emergency room because of the flu", according to a county statement.

The CDC recommends people at high risk for complications from the flu be treated with neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications as soon as possible once they become sick.

"There's a lot of confusing information being provided from multiple news sources that the flu shot has been only 10 percent effective", says.

Trivedi said the flu virus is significantly contagious as it can easily spread from an infected person to others through droplets on surfaces and in the air from coughing, sneezing and lack of hand washing.

Health experts recommend that vulnerable populations especially, including children, pregnant women, older residents and people with medical complications, get vaccinated.

"Hand sanitizer is important in preventing the spread of Influenza and is located at multiple areas throughout the hospital".


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