Flu cases increase in Lucas County

"Get your flu shot and get protected".

The most common strain that's circulating is H1N1, which is more likely to affect young adults and children, rather than the elderly.

Since the 1970s, two major Type A flu varieties have coexisted: H3N2 and H1N1.

"It's a different season, different profile". Most cases occurred in people under age 65.

Although there are fewer cases of influenza than this time previous year, experts say rates of influenza are generally above-average levels across the country.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

For reasons of medical privacy, the department will not be releasing additional information.

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.

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As of the end of December, the rate of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses (ILIs) had almost doubled from the national baseline, as the 2018-19 influenza (flu) season continues to see a variation of influenza A strains predominately affect the country.

The Atlanta region, which is the only region among the 10 to be predominately affected by the influenza A (H3) strain in the past 3 weeks, also leads all regions in total jurisdictions reporting either regional or widespread activity (7 of 8). Most of those cases (609) were influenza A, while 40 were influenza B and four were untyped. Children who are free from cold and flu symptoms may be allowed to visit new siblings on the Obstetrics unit or Pediatric unit, but may be required to undergo screening for illness by staff before being allowed to visit.

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who received the seasonal influenza vaccine had a38% reduction in influenza-related hospitalizations compared with those who were unvaccinated.

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This year's vaccine appears to be a good match, Landen says, but "regardless of whether we have the optimal match ... it's still an appropriate thing for most people in New Mexico".

Of course, it's still possible to get the flu even if you've gotten the flu shot, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get vaccinated. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes or nose. Nationally, 80,000 people in that age group died after contracting the virus.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

This year, two people have died from flu, one being between ages 19-49 and the other older than 50.

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