Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Health officials: flu season less severe than last

Vials of the Fluvirin influenza vaccine are displayed at a Walgreens pharmacy NJ Department of Health Reports Second Pediatric Flu Death
Celia Hoffman | 23 February, 2019, 23:54

The flu has claimed the lives of more than 30 people in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The death was reported to the state Department of Public Health on February 19.

The latest data from Colorado agency shows that just over 2,000 people have been hospitalized for the flu since the beginning of the 2018-19 season. She had contracted influenza A, also known as H1N1, the county says, and had not received this season's flu vaccine.

Flu-like illnesses may not be the direct cause of death in these cases but may contribute to other causes of death, Gilbertson told Reuters Health in an email. "Pediatric influenza deaths are very unlucky".

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The New Jersey Department of Health works closely with the healthcare and public health community to conduct surveillance for seasonal and novel influenza, promote annual influenza vaccinations, respond to season influenza outbreaks, and plan and prepare for the occurrence of novel influenza. "Our condolences exit to the household" stated Wilma Wooten, County public well-being the officer.

Last week saw the highest number of confirmed flu cases this season, 539 per the county's weekly flu report.

The teenager is one in every of five flu deaths reported final week, bringing the county's death toll this season to 35 folks. "Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the illness".

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