Number of flu cases continue to rise

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 10, 2019

Last year, the flu killed more than 80,000 Americans, including a record 185 children.

The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% previous year.

McHenry County is facing a rise in the influenza virus, and health care providers are encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu.

Two more flu deaths in San Diego County have brought this season's death toll to 11, county health officials announced Wednesday. It was the first time this season the county's influenza positivity rate registered above 10 percent, which is the threshold for triggering active flu season.

"We are seeing the shift from the elderly people in the last couple of years, while this year is more of a younger demographic", said Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer. "Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza". But there are a number of reasons to get vaccinated now if you haven't done so already.

Three of those deaths have been unvaccinated children under the age of five.

Limerick-based Dr Kevin Kelleher, the assistant national director in health protection, said that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when the flu begins to actively circulate in the community.

That also goes for healthy adults who are in close contact with people in those groups or with babies under six months of age who are too young to be inoculated against influenza, she said. "People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu". It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.

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