Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

NC residents die from flu complications in 1 week

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Sammy Stanley | 03 March, 2017, 00:28

By the end of last week, 63 people had died of the flu in North Carolina, including four children under 18, according to the latest report from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

More Oklahomans contracted the flu over in a widespread flu outbreak. During the following season (2013-2014), when H1N1 viruses dominated and the standard-dose vaccine had better effectiveness than the previous season, the high-dose vaccine was not significantly better at preventing deaths among the Medicare patients studied.

As of Wednesday, there have been 125 hospitalizations due to flu.

"Schools are being proactive with extra cleaning, wiping down desks daily, and at least one school has brought on extra custodial staff to disinfect lockers, doorknobs and other surfaces", Long said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these individuals during this hard time", said Robert Resendes, Public Health Director.

The systems said they are encouraging anyone age 13 and older experiencing runny nose, sore throat, fever or cough to not visit patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updates its map of flu activity.

Also, if you feel ill, stay home and go to a physician right away if symptoms persist.

Flu can be a serious illness for the elderly, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

The high-dose flu vaccine was introduced and approved for adults 65 and older in 2009.

OH is not the only state with a flu situation officially deemed "widespread". At the same time, flu activity is now widespread in 44 states after hitting a high of widespread activity in 46 states the prior week.

Colorado moved from regional activity to widespread.

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