Health officials: 15 deaths, 'high level' of hospitalizations reported from flu


Their experts called the latest flu trends in the state "alarming". Flu season typically lasts up to 10 weeks.

Boonville R-1 School District closed Friday due to a high number staff and students with the flu, according to Boonville officials.

Local health officials said there have been 15 deaths and a high level of hospitalizations related to the flu.

CT is still four to six weeks out from peak flu season, but in just the last three months the state has seen more than one thousand confirmed flu cases. "We are just a few weeks away from peak flu activity, so everyone - especially those aged 65 years or older - should take the necessary precautions".

He warned the province could see still see an increase in the number of people coming down with the flu. In 2016, the total was 20,101, and in 2015 there were 54,316 total flu cases reported.

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reports the state's first pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 flu season. "And as you probably know, the number of confirmed, documented cases is a fraction of the total cases in Kentucky".

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According to Teacutter, the trend in the number of flu cases this year mirrors that of 2014.

"This season is nasty and really picked up at the end of December", Dave Osthus, lead investigator on the flu project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, told Business Insider in an email. In 2015, 782 cases were reported, and in 2016, there were 1,452 cases.

When the majority of the community is vaccinated, it also makes it less likely that residents with compromised immune systems who can not receive the vaccination will be infected with the flu. Even if the vaccine doesn't match the strain going around, it can still help. The peak of the flu epidemic is not expected until the second week in February. What makes this year's flu potentially so deadly is that there are three sub-type variations of the Influenza A strain and three variations of the Influenza circulating. "This is a bit earlier than past year". Although someone may have already been diagnosed with the flu, it's still worth getting the vaccination, Teacutter explained.

But although there has been a spike in flu cases in Canada and the USA, so far Newfoundland and Labrador has been largely spared, although half a dozen people have been sick enough to be hospitalized. "A less than ideal match may result in reduced vaccine effectiveness against the flu virus that is different from what is in the flu vaccine, but it can still provide some protection against flu illness".

Health officials also urged people to continue to practice good hygiene such as hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth, and staying home if sick.