Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Number of flu cases continue to rise

Number of flu cases continue to rise

State health officials have confirmed the first death of a New Jersey child associated with the flu this season.

During the same timeframe, there were only two reported deaths from influenza previous year.

That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring.

Public Health won't consider the flu season to be active until that threshold has been crossed for two straight weeks.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested.

But he can tell you it's not too late to get your flu shot. However, he's expecting another two to four weeks of transmission. "I think this year we can anticipate that emergency rooms, out-patient visits will be greater because younger people are being affected by H1N1, but the overall impact of serious outcomes should be less this year compared to the last couple of seasons". "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill, and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness", he said in the release. Since then, it's been H3N2, which tends to affect seniors.

Visitors are encouraged to check a health care facility's website or call in advance about its restrictions and any exceptions.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department says they are experiencing an uptick in hospitalizations due to the flu.

Shahab said immunization rates for kids should be higher.

However, overall the province has given 278,000 doses of the vaccine, up eight per cent from a year ago.

County residents can get vaccinated at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county's public health centers.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

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