Number of flu cases continue to rise

Number of flu cases continue to rise

Peak flu season is starting now, and doctors say to get ready for a potentially extended season.

Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"There is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot - especially health care workers - to get one", the state department of health reminded residents. For instance, in 2016-17, there were only 128 cases through the same time period and 41 in 2015-16. School absenteeism because of the flu is reported weekly.

Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly instead of slowly developing and are characterized by chills, body aches, fatigue and a headache.

THE HSE has urged Limerick people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated, as the number of cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks. "Certainly, it's been off to a much slower start than previous year".

"As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later", the CDC says on its website.

Bankole said federal health officials have been able to develop vaccines that do a better job of preventing H1N1.

Dr Kelleher said that while most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who was concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out-of-hours medical service so they could arrange to be treated in a way that did not put others at risk.

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Nearly half the cases in Ontario are the H1N1 strain which affects children, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada report.

With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot.

Bennett said preliminary indications are that "vaccines are very well matched for the strain" this season.

The 2017-18 flu season was one of the worst in the US, according to the CDC.

With the start of the new year, flu season has been picking up across the country.

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

While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases.

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