4th flu death of the season occurs in Indiana

Flu taking toll in California, other states, but having milder impact nationwide, data show

The Centers for Disease control reports the flu has become widespread in 31 states including Nebraska. The agency estimates that between 6.2 and 7.3 million people had been sick with the flu as of January 5, and about half of them had seen a doctor because of it.

In North Carolina, state health officials said six people died from the flu last week, raising the death toll for the season to 16. This year - in Saskatchewan at least - he said children with flu symptoms should see a health professional right away.

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But the report warns that the number of flu cases across the country remain high. "But it does not look anywhere as severe as past year, " she said.

One death was associated with an influenza A (H3) virus, one death was associated with an influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus and one death was associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed. Adult sicknesses and deaths are estimated.

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All three deaths occurred during the week ending December 29, 2018.

"Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5 percent of the USA population, or about 27 million people", the CDC said.

The CDC recommends flu vaccinations to decrease the risk of contracting the virus and its possibly deadly side effects. Fewer than half of Americans ever do.

Flu season is not over, and it's not too late to get vaccinated, Fry said. People might also get flu by touching a contaminated surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. "Flu vaccines reduce the risk of flu illness and serious flu complications that can result in hospitalization and have been shown to be life-saving in children". There are several influenza medications on the market now.

Antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time someone is sick by a day or two, clinicians say.

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