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Here's what you need to know about flu season

Here's what you need to know about flu season

Authorities have not identified the 4-year-old, who died outside of the county, according to a news release from the Riverside University Health System-Public Health.

During the last week of December, Marion County emergency room visits related to influenza-like illness was at 2.70% - this is considered high.

Hospitalization rates associated with the flu remained relatively low, at 5.4 admissions per 100,000 people. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

Although flu cases are climbing, the numbers are still well behind those reported at this time a year ago, when the nation was in the midst of one of its most severe flu seasons on record.

A total of 188 serious flu complications, including 18 flu-related deaths, have been confirmed since October 1 a year ago, he said, adding that 55 percent were infected with the H3N2 virus and 36 percent with the H1N1 virus.




This year's flu season has a far different profile than last year's: it began earlier and the predominant circulating A strain is H1N1, the viral type that caused the pandemic in 2009-2010 but hasn't made much of an appearance for the last few years. The new policy will take effect this week as the 2018-2019 flu season continues to peak.

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

The program would include activities such as providing public funds for seasonal influenza vaccines to cover individuals in the target group, and developing mechanisms for the implementation of immunization and reporting, the statement said.

Banner Health encourages everyone over the age of six months to receive the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others from influenza. "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".

The best protection against the flu is the flu shot, but is it too late to get vaccinated? It is most effective if started within the first 48 hours of symptoms, so it's important to call as soon as flu is suspected.


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