Two women die from flu virus in Tulare County

Two women die from flu virus in Tulare County

Up until December 30, 2017, there were 11,275 laboratory-confirmed cases across the country, 74 per cent of which are attributed to influenza A. There have been a total of 1,050 influenza-related hospitalizations and 34 deaths across the country.

The strain is the H3N2 virus and it's more deadly than the swine flu.

The victim was a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to what was seen during the 2014-15 flu season which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the GES, Rebecca Ackwonu on behalf of the Director General said: "An outbreak of Influenza-A H1N1 was confirmed in a secondary school Kumasi Academy (Senior High School) in Ashanti Region in December, 2017".

As News 18 has previously reported, state health officials say the number of flu-related deaths in IN is now at 25.

The flu season has swamped the urgent care clinic at Kingman Regional Medical Center, where more than 200 patients have been treated for flu-like symptoms in the last three weeks.

Kyle Baughman
FacebookFitness fanatic Kyle Baughman succumbed to flu just three days after Christmas

Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, and a headache.

Regardless of current gripes or criticism you might hear regarding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, get a shot anyway.

The H3N2 flu virus that is causing the problem this year has hit hard at the elderly and very young. There are no flu vaccine shortages across Ohio.

Although the flu vaccine is typically less than 50 percent effective doctors still recommend it. It is impossible to predict how bad a flu season will be.

"Flu is hard to predict", said Dr. Clint Koenig, Ohio Department of Health medical director. A study also done on flu vaccination said that it can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza. "But people who have had it can practically tell you to the minute when it hit because they pretty much were down for the count for three days". While the flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, people who still get sick may have milder symptoms.

"Trying to avoid the emergency rooms is good because you don't really want to spread influenza among vulnerable people or health care workers if you can avoid it", Kendall said.

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