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Flu Season Has Kicked In… Here’s How to Protect Yourself

09 January 2019

A child has died from the flu, the New Jersey Health Department announced Tuesday, making it the first flu-related pediatric death of the season in the state.

Meanwhile, 19 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity, meaning a much higher-than-average proportion of doctor's visits could be attributed to the flu.

Nationwide, there are more than 6,400 confirmed cases of influenza as of December 29; New Jersey reports 408 cases as of December 29. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season.

While the rate of occurrence is starting to starting to slide and the impact to long-term care facilities has been low compared to last season, the number of respiratory visits to the emergency room at Winnipeg's Children's Hospital has increased in the last five weeks, statistics show.

A total of 188 serious flu complications, including 18 flu-related deaths, have been confirmed since October 1 previous year, he said, adding that 55 percent were infected with the H3N2 virus and 36 percent with the H1N1 virus.

Last year, Georgia experienced one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. Data suggests that more people got vaccinated earlier this year than they did last year, perhaps motivated by memories of the prior season.

The peak of the season is likely to be the Lunar New Year holiday, but the epidemic situation is expected to be relatively milder, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.

The majority of those are the H1N1 strain, according to the province. "When you get vaccinated, you are not just protecting yourself, you are also protecting the people you love".

"The flu vaccine helps stop the spread of the flu and protects everyone's health", said Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency spokeswoman Corinne Hyland.

Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu, but flu vaccine is the best protection. "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

Flu Season Has Kicked In… Here’s How to Protect Yourself