Officials report 7 more flu deaths in NC; 20 for the season

05 January, 2018, 15:18 | Author: Samuel Hayes
  • Flu season here hits early, widespread in Arizona

California is one of 30 states with a high incidence of influenza-like illnesses, according to the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Laredo Health Department is urging the public to get their flu shots immediately, since the state is seeing a widespread spike in flu cases. About 2,500 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported the week of Christmas, bringing the number by the end of 2017 to almost 8,000, according to an Arizona Department of Health Services report.

In recent years, Forsyth and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers, Cone Hospital and High Point Regional have put in visitor restrictions at the same time, such as February 24 to April 18 for the 2016-17 season.

Dr. Gonzalez says, "If they start with flu like symptoms like fever, cough, extreme muscle aching they should see their doctors, especially if you're elderly or you're very young, because children under five are very susceptible".

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Experts said flu season in Southwest Florida ends around April. The predominant strain picked up in lab tests so far is a strain of influenza A known as H3N2.

The most important thing to remember for local residents, particularly if you are in a high-risk group such as aging adults or pregnant women, is that it's not too late to get a flu shot, health officials stressed. The CDC urges a vaccination for everyone 6 months of age or older. In the previous season, 219 people died in North Carolina from the flu.

The H3N2 strain, which caused one of Australia's worst flu outbreaks a year ago, can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions.

Contact Mikayla Mace at 573-4158 and Stephanie Innes at 573-4134.

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