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2 boys die as risky flu season ramps up

2 boys die as risky flu season ramps up

In the first week of January, there were 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in OH compared to 925 the week before. That spike is comparable to the amount seen during the entirety of last year's flu season, and local hospitals have felt the strain.

Riley says Charlotte County schools offer free flu shots to kids at in-school clinics with the parents consent.

The most recent update to the Walgreen's Flu Index finds Kentucky ranking at No. 14 for states with the heaviest cases of diagnosed influenza.

In describing the contagiousness of influenza, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that although people with the flu are most contagious in the first three to four days after illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick.

The strain of the virus that has been predominant this flu season (H3N2) is more risky for the elderly and young children, Johnson said.

National media outlets are reporting that the flu virus is less effective than usual this year, which could be a cause of the severe season.

Getting a flu shot is the best preventative measure and it's never too late, Scherzer added. "Flu vaccination also can reduce the severity of illness if you do get sick".

As flu activity increases in Los Angeles County this week - killing almost three times as many people as at the same point past year - public health officials have a message: It's not too late to get vaccinated. "We usually say over and over again that the season would peak around the fifth or sixth week of the year, so in early February".

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year.

ODH also recommends frequently washing your hands or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of germs and staying home when you're sick. Both are indicated by coughing and a runny nose, but the flu is separated by headaches, chills, a possible fever and extreme fatigue.

Statewide, flu is widespread and at levels nearing peak season, the California Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

To make matters worse, some pharmacies are dealing with temporary shortages of flu medications, due to demand.

Harding said the flu can be especially rough, and even fatal, on the elderly, the very young or patients with certain other medical conditions.