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Cuomo to Health Dept.: Counties need emergency funds to fight flu

Cuomo to Health Dept.: Counties need emergency funds to fight flu

In patients between 50 and 64 years old, 17 deaths have been reported, while 12 people between the ages of 18 and 49 have died from the flu this season. Since Sept. 1, 2017, there have been 23 flu-related deaths in the London region. "Obviously they raise concerns".

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.

The Arkansas Health Department recorded almost 30 more flu-related deaths over the past week, bringing the total number this season to 122.

During this busy flu season, it's the ninth or 10th time the hospital has opened its flu clinic, Barbera said.

The previously reported death of one Arkansas child was from an influenza A virus known as H1N1, Haselow said. "These so called "egg-adapted changes" are present in vaccine viruses recommended for use in vaccine production and may reduce their potential effectiveness against circulating influenza viruses".

Nationally, the flu deaths of 53 children had been reported as of late last month, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six had confirmed flu vaccinations.

The County Commission recently purchased 4,000 flu vaccines from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department to provide to people for free. "We haven't received any reports from any individual hospitals having to turn away patients because they were overloaded", she said. "We have plenty in our health units now".




Over the past few weeks, the CDC has seen increased influenza-like illness activity, more hospitalizations, and more flu associated deaths in children and adults. The cold and flu also share some symptoms, such as headaches, potentially a sore throat, fatigue or weakness, and aches and pains.

Dr. Jason Kessler is the Chief of Infectious Disease for Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center. Fevers are rare, as are complicating factors and other related illnesses.

This year's flu season has been dominated by H3N2, a particularly unsafe influenza strain.

"It's not like the states", she said.

The last time the H3 strain dominated was the winter of 2014-15, the season with the most hospitalizations of the past decade, so far.

This flu season continues to inflict severe damage in SC.


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