Flu season has returned

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

In Clark County, the flu killed at least 14 people last season.

Authorities have not identified the 4-year-old, who died outside of the county, according to a news release from the Riverside University Health System-Public Health. Bankole also said that after the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, people developed improved natural immunity to the virus, which means symptoms tend to be milder even for people who contract the flu. We still need to do more research to determine if it's actually helping prevent transmission of the flu from one person to another. The website also provides a map of reported flu cases, a vaccine finder and the latest flu news.

A New Jersey child has died of the flu, marking the first pediatric flu death of the 2018-2019 season in the state.

Despite the severity of this year's flu, Mema says those experiencing flu symptoms don't need to rush to the hospital.

Although flu cases are climbing, the numbers are still well behind those reported at this time previous year, when the nation was in the midst of one of its most severe flu seasons on record. A few common symptoms are as follows: fever or feeling feverish and having chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. According to the virologists, this year, H1N1 influenza strain is prevalent, threatening kids and young adults. If you don't have medical insurance, you can go to a County public health center to get vaccinated. "It's just a slow upward, so we're only at the beginning of flu season right now".

Typically, it's adults 65 years and older.

Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu.

Brannen said nine of the 13 reported flu cases were confirmed and four were suspected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

Other tests called rapid molecular assays can also take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and they detect the actual genetic material of the flu virus, according to the CDC. However, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people suffering with certain diseases are most at risk.

But it's not too late to get one now.

"We can calculate that if about half the people exposed to the flu couldn't get infected and pass it on because they're immune, for example, the virus wouldn't be able to spread and the epidemic would stop".

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