HSE issues warning over serious new flu strain

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People don't seem to be as sick as they were this time a year ago, but state officials are warning this flu season could get worse soon. Since then, cases have declined, said Dr. Jia Hu, Alberta Health Services medical officer of health for the Calgary zone. It said it had received a report of the death of a child under the age of 18 from flu, but had no more details.

There have been reports of an increase in reported influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina. Based on the percentage of outpatient visits from influenza, the flu season usually peaks in late December and mid-February.

To help promote personal health and wellness, get an annual flu vaccine.

At this time, health officials reported 1,457 confirmed cases of the flu.

"When you have a lot more people get sick, you have more people who are hospitalized and more people who die". She was diagnosed with H1N1 and meningitis before her death. You could still end up with the flu even if vaccinated if you are infected with a different virus strain.

Flu vaccinations aren't ideal but will reduce your chances of becoming ill.

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This evaluation, as well as any subsequent recommended changes, occurs every year as experts use available data to anticipate the strains that may emerge, in an effort to make the vaccine as effective as possible, Rock says.

"It's miserable between feeling just rundown, frightful headaches, and the sweats", said Stephen Canter, a father who is anxious about the flu.

The CDC doesn't track adult deaths from flu, but they do keep tabs on pediatric deaths. The Louisville area is the hardest-hit in Kentucky with more than 882 confirmed cases. The H1N1 strain can cause severe breathing probes and can lead to pneumonia.

A slow season this year will be good news for insurers.

This year's vaccine is considered to be a good match for the strain of the virus now spreading, but in order to get the maximum benefit from the shot, 80 per cent of the population must be immunized. He also urged those with symptoms of the virus to avoid visiting the elderly or vulnerable people while ill.