Flu season warning: Babies and children hit particularly hard this year

Sneezes and sniffles Sask. flu season may have peaked

Sneezes and sniffles Sask. flu season may have peaked Sarah Mills

Ten people have died of flu-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County since December 10, according to Ann McDowell, an epidemiologist with the SLO County Public Health Department.

Health officials said one strain, Influenza A H3N2, is why flu season seems more severe this year. According to the state's Department of Health and Human Services, the deceased adults lived in Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, and Strafford counties.

The flu strain now causing the most infections is H3N2, an influenza A virus that has been linked with increased hospitalizations and death, especially in young children and adults over age 65.

"It's not too late yet to get a flu shot", Quinlisk said.

"One of the great things about the vaccine is even if you get the flu and you've been vaccinated, it could really reduce your symptoms", said Stoughton.

That makes some sense, says Goldman, because that was another season where the prevalent strain of flu was due to the H3N2 virus.

Further compounding the issue is this year's flu shot. Through small droplets from people who are talking, coughing or sneezing. Therefore, in any given year, what dictates the overall effectiveness of the flu in any given person are a combination of the age of the patient and their overall health, especially as it pertains to their immune system. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Two young boys in OH have died from the flu as one of the most severe flu seasons in recent memory rages on across the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the nation is at peak flu season, as the disease is now considered to be an epidemic, based on its medical impact, the federal agency said today.

Weather conditions, as well as holiday travel, could have increased the spread of this year's flu, which is showing higher numbers at an earlier time.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop. Vaccinations are available at Kentucky's local health departments, pharmacies and medical providers, and many health plans cover the cost of the vaccine with no copay. Subscribers get access to our daily email newsletter of every headline and obituary from the last 24 hours.

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