First Flu Death in Kane, 3-Year-Old Girl

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While Florida is not yet among the nine states the U.S. Center for Disease Control now reports with a "high-concern" level of flu and flu-like activity, this year's flu strains have resulted in an anomaly in hospitalizations: The highest hospitalization rate is among children younger than 5.

Calgary's flu season isn't over yet, the city's medical officer of health says, as the latest numbers from Alberta Health Services show 1,897 confirmed cases of influenza A in the region so far.

Kane County health officials are urging people to get flu shots after a 3-year-old girl died from flu-related complications last month at an Aurora hospital.

While anyone can get the flu, those with the highest risks of serious complications include young children; women who are pregnant; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people ages 65 and older.

Whether you got the flu shot or not, it is encouraged you go see a doctor if it lasts for more than a few days so others do not become sick. The flu vaccine can not give persons the flu, but may cause one to develop flu-like symptoms.

"For those who get influenza and you've gotten the flu shot, it may also temper the course and moderate the course of the disease even if you get influenza", added Dr. Wu. "H1N1 does tend to affect people who are a bit younger more, and so across the country we have seen more cases of severe illness in younger pediatric populations".

However one doctor at St. Francis Hospital said there are actually fewer cases than previous year. You know, every time a colleague or a loved one emits a nasty cough, you can't help but shoot them a look that all but screams, "Are you about to get me sick?!".

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She's the second little one to have died from flu-associated issues in Kane County over the past year.

Nationwide, a year ago about 49 million people in the US came down with influenza. You will typically suffer from a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue.

The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.

The flu season is at its peak in Saskatchewan, according to the provincial ministry of health.

It also found there have only been 11 flu outbreaks in long-term care facilities this season compared to 61 in 2017-18 and 93 in 2016-17. The 64-year-old was not vaccinated. But in 2014-15, 974 Mainers reported a positive flu test.