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Marin flu death one of 42 statewide; high volume of patients

Marin flu death one of 42 statewide; high volume of patients

CDPH stated that the rising flu epidemic is to blame for higher than expected medical outpatient and hospitalizations in California.

Despite the slight increase this year, Haggie said the province's vaccination coverage - about 21 per cent of residents have had a shot - isn't good, apart from the youngest and oldest in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A supply of flu virus vaccine at Novato Marin Community Clinic.

According to the department, of those who died of the flu, the average age was 75-years-old.

"Flu activity has been very high around the country this season and is widespread in Tennessee right now", Chambers said.

Tolland County reported 38 cases of flu, while Windham saw 13.

CT public health officials say they have seen a steep increase in the number of people hospitalized with influenza over the past five weeks.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of Americans hospitalized with flu per 100,000 nearly doubled from 13.7 for the week ending December 30, to 22.7 admissions per 100,000 Americans for the week ending January 6. "Whatever the strains that are out there, the efficacy of the vaccine is really only apparent at the end of the season, and your best defence against flu is the flu shot".




The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association a year ago criticized the provincial decision to stop paying doctors to give the shot in favour of more free clinics. The victims were over the age of 65.

Most of the people who have tested positive for influenza statewide, including those in Marin, have type A, subtype H3N2.

"The most important thing people can do to help our family and loved ones is to get the vaccination rates up", Teacutter said. This strain tends to be more severe, mutates quickly and is hard to match with a vaccine. "Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others", added Howard.

The organization said infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches.

Patients should plan for a a visit of about 30 to 45 minutes to get the shot even with the appointment, she said, because they ask for patients to remain for a period after the shot to make sure there's no adverse reaction to it before they're released. Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu.

Wash your handsoften with soap and water. The death happened earlier this month and is one of 36 flu-related deaths in Kentucky this flu season. "If you haven't been immunized, there's still a vaccine available, and go ahead and get immunized".

Some long-term care facilities have issued warnings on the west coast and in central Newfoundland, restricting visitation as a precaution against the flu season.


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