Deadly Flu Season Claiming 100 Lives Per Week, CDC Warns

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Health officials in Flathead County are addressing widespread concerns about influenza in Montana, as hundreds of confirmed flu cases in the Flathead have increased the need for preventative measures.

There have been 65 deaths related to the flu so far this season.

10, Michigan's largest geographical health department, said flu shots are still available to those who want them.

There have been growing reports of flu cases in the territory.

Seek care early. See your healthcare provider immediately if you develop flu symptoms. Antivirals work best when administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms and are particularly important for pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. CDC data show that more than 60,000 samples testing positive for influence were reported since October.

Labs around the US are working on ways to combat this "super flu", such as a new type of vaccination that would could lead to only the elimination of the annual fall vaccine and instead require a shot once every five or 10 years. "I've been in practice for 30 years, and it's been a good 15 or 20 years since I've seen a flu-related illness scenario like we've had this year". The cabinet is encouraging healthy individuals over 6 months old to get the flu vaccine.

"We are not seeing it as much as everyone else", she said.

According to Northumberland Public Schools director of instruction Amy Lamb there have been five confirmed cases of the flu at the elementary school and one confirmed case between the middle and high school.

In an emergency health advisory released on December 27, 2017, the CDC warned of increased influenza activity associated with the particularly deadly flu strain A (H3N2).

"We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing". Symptoms of canine and human flu are similar and can include a fever, cough, runny nose, reduced appetite and low energy. Cat owners should also be aware of the virus's symptoms, and should keep their feline friends away from dogs who might be sick.

"Influenza is a potentially deadly disease, and getting vaccinated is the best thing New Yorkers can do to protect themselves and those around them, followed by good hand hygiene", said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

At Camden Clark, the number of cases is down since the December spike, but the visitation restrictions remain in effect, Debbie Life, an infection preventionist at the medical center, said.

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