Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

4th flu death of the season occurs in Indiana

4th flu death of the season occurs in Indiana

Health officials recommend Hoosiers protect their families by getting a flu shot if they haven't already and to take precautions, including frequent hand-washing and covering their mouths when coughing.

"If (this strain) continues to be the predominant virus, that is what we'd expect", Fry said.

Officials from the New York State Health Department announced this week that the flu is spreading rapidly throughout the state, with some hospitals reportedly limiting visitation to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC does not know the exact number of people who have been sick and affected by influenza because influenza is not a reportable disease in most areas of the United States.

Doctors say that pregnant women are also at a high risk for flu complications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most illnesses nationally this season are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths compared to the kind of flu that dominated a year ago.

Flu season numbers generally peak between December and February.

Laurentiu Givelichian, the head of pediatrics for the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, said that in his province the flu isn't just affecting more kids than usual - it's making them sicker, too.

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About 6 million to 7 million Americans have become ill since flu season kicked off in the fall.

In Arizona, there have been 4,510 confirmed cases of influenza this season compared to 16,144 a year ago at this time, and the flu is widespread throughout the state.

The CDC has no estimate of deaths so far this season, partly because it's so early.

These data are derived using the same mathematical model used to generate previous end-of-season estimates. Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring.

Montana's Stacey Anderson says, "We all remember last year, it was quite an exceptional influenza year".

Hardest-hit are those 5 and younger and people 65 and older - two groups which have seen high rates of being hospitalized with the flu, the CDC reported.

"It is important to remember that, even if a patient gets the flu after receiving the vaccine, it is not usually as severe as if the patient had not received the vaccine at all", Durham wrote.

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