State health officials: Five flu-related deaths in NH this season

State health officials: Five flu-related deaths in NH this season

New York State also reported its first influenza-associated pediatric death this season, which was confirmed by the Wadsworth Center, the state's public health laboratory.

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.

The flu vaccine is still recommended, the CDC said, explaining it's not too late to get the shot because many weeks of flu season remain. "While our flu vaccines are far from ideal, they are the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and it is not too late to get one", Fitzgerald said.

The most common flu strain identified in Kentucky, and in the 36 deaths, is Influenza A, according to the department.

The state is also reporting a number of influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities, with 49 outbreaks reported this season.

"I have 2 twin nieces and they both had double pneumonia and then my dad got pneumonia right after that and then my mom got the cold", Slinkard explained. But the severity of this flu season isn't expected to be quite as bad as the 2014-15 season, during which vaccine effectiveness was very low and there were about 700,000 hospitalizations.

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According to the CDC, there has been a jump in hospitalizations in young children and people over 50.

The flu outbreak is widespread in CT, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine - not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications". Adults over the age of 65 were most likely to be hospitalized, at a rate of 98.0 per 100,000 population, almost doubling last week's rate of 56.6.

Each year, when scientists put together the flu shot, they take an educated guess on what strains of the flu virus will best protect the most patients.

"The problem with flu is you become infectious, that means you become contagious, you can give it to somebody else 24 hours before you know that you even have it".

Symptoms of the flu vary but can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

The advice from Werker, Shahab and others is to stay home when you're sick, cough into your sleeve and always wash your hands.

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