Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Four-Year-Old Boy Dies From The Flu In Ohio

Four-Year-Old Boy Dies From The Flu In Ohio

Specifically, cases of H3N2, a strain of influenza A, are high. Rodriguez explained that this can happen because the influenza virus is constantly evolving, presenting a moving target for vaccine makers. That's up from the 925 during the last week of December. "However, if the next person that walks in is sicker than you, they will go first".

Interior Health has 11 outbreaks on its list, including residential care homes in Kelowna, Penticton, Williams Lake, Kaslo and Kamloops.

As of yesterday (January 9), 24 cases (10 deaths) had been recorded. In addition to the main prevention tactics, the hospital advised easing symptoms with over-the-counter medication and drinking a lot of water.

Skowronski described graphs illustrating flu activity as looking like a church steeple - with a sudden rise, a peak and then a sharp decline.

Not only California but other places also severely affected by influenza. But he calls this year one of the bad ones. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, 25 (one death), 31 (four deaths) and 27 (four deaths) cases were recorded respectively.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs.

The CHP will issue letters to doctors, hospitals, institutions and schools again to appeal for heightened vigilance and appropriate actions.

Flu vaccination prevents millions of illnesses and tens of thousands of flu-related hospitalizations each year. "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is ideal". Antiviral drugs work best when administered within two days of getting sick. 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.

"We've seen an increasing number of cases in the last week", said Dr. Luis Manrique, an infectious disease specialist who has been working at both Delnor and Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.

According to Murti, we could see a peak of influenza A through January, while influenza B will likely peak at the end of February and into the spring.

HCDCP recalls that vaccination remains the best way to protect against influenza. "For more information, please visit the CHP's" target="_blank" influenza page and weekly" target="_blank" Flu Express for more information.

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