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2 More Child Deaths Linked to Flu — CDC

2 More Child Deaths Linked to Flu — CDC

Earlier this month, Queensland health authorities issued an alert because of a surge in summer flu cases - a warning they said was for all Australians because flu cases were being spread as many people travelled on holidays.

Those eight individuals ranged in age from 41 to 83. More than 200 people have been hospitalized for the flu.

There are now 1,810 laboratory-identified cases reported to the Department of Health so far this season including 14 cases in Stutsman County, she said.

Over half of the cases reported to date were under the age of 45, with three confirmed influenza outbreaks. Tulsa County reports four flu-related deaths and 134 hospitalizations.

Recent studies show flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by about 50 to 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are like the vaccine viruses.




But some workplaces have been reporting an unseasonal spate of staff calling in sick with flu-like illnesses, after a relatively mild season last winter.

"It's very hard to compare, because last season we had a peak in February, and that's hard to compare the two". "So all I can say right now is we're pretty much aligned with what we were seeing past year".

State health officials say it's not late to get a flu vaccine and encourage people to do so.

In total, 117 serious cases of flu have been registered, with 112 patients placed in intensive care.


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