414 children hospitalized, 4 dead amid swine flu surge

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image

Maine has had three flu deaths so far this season, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Calgary's flu season isn't over yet, the city's medical officer of health says, as the latest numbers from Alberta Health Services show 1,897 confirmed cases of influenza A in the region so far.

It takes about two weeks for your body to build up immunity after getting vaccinated, but if you receive the shot now, you'll still be protected for most of the flu season, which runs through May (usually peaking in February).

Health department officials say residents in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Cleveland counties are dealing with the highest number of hospitalizations related to the flu.

In short, there is still time for you to get your flu shot and keep influenza at bay during this year's flu season which would be led by H1N1 influenza strain which is threatening kids and young adults more than other segments of the population. "Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza". Aside from immunization, basic hygiene such as frequently washing hands, getting plenty of sleep and staying away from sick people helps prevent spread of the flu. Doctors believe this year's vaccine is working well.

Did you get your flu shot?

Flu season is back again and cases have went from local to regional within the state. The sufferer was a 3-year-old girl who died December 21 at Rush-Copley Medical Heart.

Last year, we opened 2018 urging those who had not yet received a flu shot to get one. She said one of the common reasons she hears is because people believe the flu shot can give them the flu.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches and fatigue.

The predominant influenza strain affecting adults and children alike this year is H1N1, a serotype of the Influenza A virus that caused the deadly Spanish flu pandemic a century ago and the so-called "swine flu" pandemic of 2009 and 2010.

Influenza and other virus are circulating throughout the province as flu season is well underway.

The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16.

"When someone has the flu, it's also important to watch for potential severe complications", said James Toothman, DO, chief of emergency and trauma medicine at PVH. "It is a bit unpredictable, which is why it is very important for people to get the flu shot if they haven't got it already".

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