Worst flu season in 4 years leads to crammed emergency rooms

Worst flu season in 4 years leads to crammed emergency rooms

Of the more than 100 people who have died from the flu so far this season, 13 are children.

The North County health care entity will offer the immunizations at seven community clinic sessions on a first come, first served basis, Palomar Health said.

"There have been tremendous pockets of people being hospitalized", he said. "If you wash your hands, you have a much lower chance of contracting the flu", said Dr. Whitehead. "Sometimes they have underlying medical conditions and they don't tend to go to a hospital or a doctor in a timely fashion".

That might be because of a less effective flu shot. The city of Roanoake is aiming to get everyone vaccinated, by offering the shot for free at their fire station.

Testing by the Texas Department of Health has revealed that the most prevalent strain of flu being transmitted is an Influenza Type A (H3N2), which a related strain is contained in this year's flu vaccine formulation.

Local cases of flu are on the rise - putting Huddersfield right in the red zone.

On Monday alone, Parkland's emergency department had seen 930 patients - double what the hospital typically sees for people with flu symptoms by this time of year, Dr. Joseph Chang, associate chief medical officer for Parkland, told CBS11.

The SNP member for Tweeddale and Lauderdale said: "It's not too late to get the flu jab - and if you're eligible for vaccination on the NHS it's important that you take that offer".

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW: When big news breaks, we send Breaking News emails. There were also 23 influenza outbreaks reported at long-term care facilities for the week ending January 6, more than have been reported for any week of the last two flu seasons.

HISD reported 16 students with flu-like symptoms this year, but only one has been confirmed as the flu. Both CDC and MDH have notified medical providers of the importance of prescribing antivirals during this flu season.

"After the holiday season, it can be particularly hard to find influenza vaccine" said Dusty Warden, outreach coordinator for Immunize El Paso.

"The flu vaccine isn't ideal, but it's our best tool", Lakey said. If residents are having a hard time fighting the flu, Andrews encouraged them to see their physician for better care.