Flu-Related Deaths Reported In Tarrant County

11 January, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Colin Gill
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"The flu strain is different every year", she said.

According to the CDC, the flu is categorized as widespread in 46 states.

It says one adult between the ages of 50 to 64 died at some point between October first through December 30th.

The state has seen over 3,800 flu-associated hospitalizations this season.

At the same time, the number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada. Coordinator of Infection Prevention and Employee Health at Beatrice Community Hospital, Rose Wischmeier, says the hospital saw a spike in activity during the first couple of weeks, in December within its' clinics and emergency department.

Gunzenhauser stressed it is not too late to get vaccinated. That compares to 13 at the same time past year.

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"Even if it's not 100 percent effective, it still reduces the number of hospitalizations and can make the illness more mild if you do get the flu", said Jennifer Layden with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Health officials now say two boys from OH have died from the flu in what is shaping up to be one of the most severe flu seasons in recent years.

She said this flu season is abnormal.

"Coming to the ER is perfectly fine, but there's always other places that you can go - primary care, doctor's office, and urgent care are always great options, and obviously if you're feeling really sick, you should come to the ER to get checked out", said Dr. Sampath Medepalli, a physician for Mercy Health St. Rita's.

Fairfield County Health Department communicable disease nurse Tiffany Nash did not have access to actual case numbers in the county. They include the Tri City Health Partnership in St. Charles, which serves people who are uninsured or underinsured; it has ample vaccines on hand, said Kim Lamansky, executive director. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

"Flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness from season to season but they continue to be the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications", according to the FDOH.

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