WRHA warns of early start to flu season, 5 deaths so far

WRHA warns of early start to flu season, 5 deaths so far

The best way to prevent contracting the flu is to get vaccinated.

Davis said those are cases confirmed by laboratory tests, but there could be more cases that have not been tested or confirmed.

Those most vulnerable to the flu are people of an extreme age, he explained - either very young or very old. State Health Department officials declined to release where the others lived, citing privacy concerns.

Typically in Canada, B strains come later in the season.

Dr Jennifer Champion, NHS Forth Valley consultant in public health medicine, said: "Influenza is a highly infectious virus that causes outbreaks in the community, healthcare and care settings every year".

"We are going to see influenza through May", said Martin. "And the counts are about the same in Texas in general, too", Burton said.

According to a news release, almost 200 new cases and 40 hospitalizations have emerged over the past two weeks.

"Most importantly though: wash your hands and don't share food or personal items with people who are sick".

This year in southern hemisphere countries such as Australia, which has its flu season in our summer months, the effectiveness was as low as 10 per cent.

As it's produced by the pharmaceutical companies, it contains strands adapted to grow in eggs.

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In addition to recommending the flu shot, Harrison said frequent hand washing and using antiseptic wipes on frequently touched surfaces-such as door knobs and telephones-can help protect against the flu.

The WRHA said three cases have been confirmed at the Children's Hospital were identified within a seven-day period recently.

"We also have people who have a lot of these symptoms and don't have a fever and sometimes even they end up testing positive", Hickey said.

The best way to protect against the flu, nearly every health care provider will tell patients, is through the flu vaccine.

In the Tri-Cities region, activity is reportedly more widespread than others parts of the state.

It takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to reach maximum protection.

The report for the week ending December 1 said 22 counties submitted reports; and six counties reported influenza-like illness. According to The Washington Post, more than 6,000 people across the nation had tested positive for the flu as of last week - more than twice as many as were reported at the same time a year ago. Stay home and chat via phone instead. "If you have guests, limit contact".

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Some people, especially in the older generation, remember a habit of carrying facial tissue around by tucking them in one's pockets or just inside one's sleeves.

"How much it will spread is the thing don't know", she said.

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