Flu death toll in DE increases to 34

Flu death toll in DE increases to 34

"The flu is definitely still around", said Dr. Holler.

To accommodate the large turnover they received last year, Chemist Warehouse added an additional flu clinic this year at their North Rockhampton in Aquatic Place. "Based on our numbers, we're nearly back at the bottom of our curve", Person said.

"This year has been a pretty significant year for flu and the dominant strain has been that H3 strain and that tends to be more severe and that's borne out in the number of hospitalizations", said Heath.

The number of confirmed flu cases has dropped significantly in recent weeks, following a four week stretch of record breaking reports for flu in the First State.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's flu vaccine has been around 35 percent effective.

Type A often is considered harsher, but that's not actually the case, one expert said. "We now know from research that it causes equally severe illness", said Dr. George Novan, clinical professor of medicine at Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, in a news release.

That means practicing good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and staying home when sick.

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Thihalolipavan said flu season in San Diego typically ends by March.

People at high risk of developing complications from flu include: those aged 65 and older; individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma or emphysema; those with compromised immune systems or chronic conditions such as heart‚ kidney failure or diabetes; women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy and babies and small children.

Flu led to five pediatric deaths so far this season.

Before this season, the most flu deaths seen locally since 2012 was six.

A spokesperson for Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service said there had been 113 lab-confirmed influenza cases in the region for year to April 1.

"Influenza B, in particular, stretches into spring, especially in school age kids", Lewis told KOIN 6 News.

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