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

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

On Thursday, Fraser Health also issued a public-service announcement reminding people to get immunized after seeing "spike" in influenza in that region.

"But we definitely have heard some reports from Australia and their past flu season, they've reported lower vaccine effectiveness", Tan said.

Flu season has hit early and it's hitting hard.

Data from HPS also highlights that around half of NHS Boards are reporting significant ward pressure as a result of the virus with A&E attendance in the week ending December 24 up nearly 20 per cent on the same period the previous year.

"This is the time of year where there's an increase in viral illnesses generally speaking, so it's really important to remind people to wash your hands, and make sure you cover your cough".

Being different from a cold, the flu usually comes on suddenly.

Dr. Tan said many illnesses can cause similar symptoms, including headache, fever and chills, so unless you get tested, you won't know for sure.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said up to half of all children who die as a result of the flu have no known medical condition that put them at higher risk for complications of the illness.

Flu can be serious for everyone, but the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with health problems are seen as particularly vulnerable to the virus.

Widespread means that more than 50 percent of geographic regions within a USA state are reporting flu activity.

The Interior Health Authority confirmed four residents at care facilities have died so far during influenza outbreaks this season.

The number of reported cases represent a small proportion of the true number of cases of influenza. Puerto Rico and 13 states reported regional activity.

Across the country, there have been more than 13,000 confirmed cases of flu, about six times more than the number reported around the same time previous year, according to media reports.


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