Number of CT flu deaths climbs to 112

Downward trend

The flu has been spreading quickly in California - and it's not over yet. "Within the ensuing two years, more than 300 million people could perish worldwide".

Type A flu, which has been more severe, was more common earlier in the season, but there have been more cases of less-severe Type B as the season progressed. Seven people died of the flu in the last week.

Describing what sounds like scenes from a horror film, Quick warned in The Daily Mail of starvation, medicine supplies running low, energy systems crippling under the pressure and the collapse of the global economy. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. Yet twice a year, every year, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) bets on the flu - which virus types are likely to dominate in the coming season. Other bird cases of flu and animal cases of flu have hit East Asia and other spots around the globe, leaving doctors and scientists scrambling for cures.

Quick warned potentially the most unsafe strain of flu is bird flu.

The bug infected 18 people, killing six after the virus jumped from chickens to humans.

A 3D render of a flu virus.

"The only thing that's predictable about a flu season at the beginning is it's unpredictability", Gupta said.

Gupta said the DHHR is monitoring the formulation of next year's vaccine. "The strains tend not to circulate at the same time".

The medical community promotes getting a flu shot, which is the proven best way to avoid getting the flu or at least decrease the severity of the illness.

"We've wound down our National Public Health capacity, we've got great people say in the Ministry of Health, we just don't have enough of them, and we've also fragmented our activities and we saw that with the Havelock North response". Cough into the bend of the elbow and cover your nose when you sneeze.

Despite some improvement in flu statistics, health officials urged the public against complacency.

"There were a significant number of cases this year, and outbreaks, and so we're still managing those", said Dr. Jason Cabaj, medical officer of health for the Calgary zone of Alberta Health Services.

Multiple flu infections in the same person are rare but not unheard of.



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