Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
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Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

However, health officials say the flu shot works better against that strain.

During the last week of 2018 in Missouri, 653 cases of influenza were confirmed through laboratory testing.

Hospitalization rates associated with the flu remained relatively low, at 5.4 admissions per 100,000 people.

To prevent more children from contracting the flu, a hospital in Wisconsin is temporarily restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting.

Cases of influenza are continuing to ramp up across the country, with kids and teens bearing much of the brunt of the dreaded winter bug, say infectious diseases experts, predicting that the peak of the annual sneezing-coughing-feeling-miserable season is likely still several weeks away. The 2017-2018 flu season was the most deadly in decades with more than 80,000 deaths, including over 170 pediatric flu deaths.

"It's not just flu, but also other respiratory viruses", tweeted hospital CEO Alex Munter, "busy viral season".


The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season.

In contrast, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults more than seniors - and flu-trackers like Skowronski say this season is no exception.

Health officials are urging residents to get a flu vaccine, as it is the best way to protect yourself against the potentially risky virus. "We continue to recommend community members get their flu shot". Even if you think you had the flu already, it is possible to get a second infection with a different strain, so immunization can still be beneficial.

There have been at least two deaths, according to Ottawa Public Health, both involving adults over the age of 65 - one in November and one in December.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained.

Although most people who get the flu recover within a few days or a couple of weeks, some can develop pneumonia and life-threatening complications.

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