OK Flu-Related Deaths Jumps To 92; More Than 2500 Hospitalizations

At least 37 children has died from flu-related complications this season

While the number of flu cases in southeast Missouri remain unusually high compared to most years, health departments in St. Francois and surrounding counties are reporting a slight drop in the numbers for a second week in a row. Since children are more likely to get sick and spread the flu, the staff will only allow children under 18 to visit patients in special cases - or with prior approval from the patient's health care team.

This flu season is one of the most intense in recent years. She says the flu shot might not cover all the different flu strains but staying 40 percent safe is better than zero.

Flu season is hitting Crawford County so hard that for the past couple of weeks Meadville Medical Center has been operating at nearly full capacity of its 216 beds each day.

To get your flu shot at the Daviess County Health Department, the cost is $8 without insurance. In recent years, deaths of children from flu in the U.S. have ranged from 35 in 2011-2012, to a peak of 282 in the 2009-2010 flu season. Yet those numbers don't show that most of the people who do get the flu shot will have less severe symptoms and a lower risk of hospitalization or death than those without the vaccine.

In addition to getting the flu shot, the health unit also advises residents to wash hands thoroughly and often, cough or sneeze into sleeves, keep surfaces and items disinfected, and stay home if you are feeling sick.

He went on to say all Medicine Shoppe locations in the state are stocked with both Tamiflu and the flu vaccine. Usually it is more sporatic.

"We get great support from the College to buy flu vaccines and administer them without charge", Maher said. "So far, we have had more admissions for flu since October 1 than we had during the whole flu season previous year". "And know the signs and symptoms of the flu, which includes cough, running nose, sore throat, fever, chills, headache, body aches and possibly vomiting and diarrhea". Similar flu activity has been reported in neighbouring health units and beyond.

There have been no flu-related deaths at Coastal Carolina Hospital, Hill said.

The primary reason for such a bad flu season in California is that 80 percent of flu cases are caused by a strain of influenza virus labeled H3N2, which has been largely resistant to vaccines.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience those symptoms.



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