Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

More than 200 have now died due to flu in Oklahoma

More than 200 have now died due to flu in Oklahoma

Carteret Health Care staff worked with county schools, the community college and urgent care centers to monitor the spread of flu, and all have reported a decrease in flu-like illnesses in the past two weeks.

"We could have six more weeks of flu".

This year's flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst seen in many years.

"Proper hand washing is the best technique for keeping flu from spreading".

The CDC confirmed 6,856 new infections for the week ending March 3, bringing the season total to 230,038 since October.

In this category, the state had a much lower number compared to the most recent national figure.

This is an unacceptable compliance rate because influenza is a deadly threat to patients who are children, seniors and those already weakened by illness.

While flu activity has leveled off, it doesn't mean the threat is over.

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The percentage of outpatient visits for ILI was 3.7%, down from 5.0% the previous week.

Senior citizens are among the hardest hit this flu season in S.C., as approximately 2,339 people 65 and older have been hospitalized.

The alarmingly high number of pediatric deaths so far during the 2017-2018 flu season reinforce the need to shift away from the traditional chicken-egg-based approach to mass production of commercial influenza vaccines, according to consultant GlobalData.

The CDC still cautions the public to take precautionary measures to protect themselves from the virus while it's in circulation. These technologies are capable of producing vaccines that are better designed for combatting circulating strains of the influenza virus.

In a Thursday hearing on Capitol Hill on flu preparedness before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, addressed the development of new flu treatments.

The death toll of those infected by a new wave of influenza has continued to rise in the state of Oklahoma.

Flu symptoms include a 100-degree or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever); a cough and/or sore throat; a runny or stuffy nose; headaches and/or body aches; chills; fatigue; nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children). "We work very closely with the Chinese and the countries that border China".

Gupta said the DHHR is monitoring the formulation of next year's vaccine.

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