Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

State Health Officials Report 17 New Flu Deaths

State Health Officials Report 17 New Flu Deaths

She'd gone to a doctor in Monticello with flu and pneumonia symptoms the previous Friday, and a blood test was done, he said.

The News Observer reports that seventeen more people have died from the flu in North Carolina last week as the statewide total has reached 165 since October 1. Of that total, 132 have died in the last five weeks.

Lou Kreidler, director of health for the local district, said not to panic over fatalities related to influenza, a not uncommon occurrence. According to the report, out of the 3,400 hospitalizations, over 1,800 were seniors over the age of 65 and over 400 were minors. Many who have died have gotten secondary infections, when they thought they were getting better from the flu, but a second infection came on its heels and attacked their already weakened body.

"I would encourage anyone who's not been vaccinated to do that".

Free flu vaccinations are available at all Tennessee Department of Heath public health clinics.

She said that the flu season still may not be at the peak. Activity can continue as late as May.

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"Typically we have a 5 to 9 percent absentee rate", Levengood said.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reported Friday there were 1,023 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu from February 4-10, up from 660 cases the previous week.

H3N2 is an A strain and had been the main form of the virus circulating earlier this season.

"Flu is on the rise, and we're in the middle of it right now", said Kim Austin, clinical services coordinator at the Sullivan County Health Department.

"However, we are constantly improving our surveillance system, and this report is part of that process", Casanueva said. These numbers are higher than any seen since 2009 when the health department began collecting data on the flu, according to a press release from the department.

Oklahoma marked two grim milestones this week: a record for seasonal flu deaths, and the first pediatric death from flu in the state this season. Here in Texas that number is 14 percent.

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