Still time to get flu shots: Sherlock

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 10, 2019

That total represents roughly one-fifth of the 10,335 confirmed cases at this time last flu season. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness". The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years.

A four-year-old died from complications stemming from influenza - the first pediatric flu-related death in Riverside County this season, health officials said Wednesday.

"It's a different season, different profile".

Nearly half the cases in Ontario are the H1N1 strain which affects children, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada report.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

The department did not release additional information about the child, citing privacy concerns.

The flu is making its rounds in nearly every state around the country and more people are coming down with the common flu symptoms. At this point in the 2017-2018 flu season, 46 states were reporting widespread flu activity, there were 13.7 flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people and nearly 6% of doctor's visits were related to the flu.

New Brunswick's peak might come somewhat sooner, as cases there began spreading in late November.

The child - from Central Jersey - died in late December.

"There is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot - especially health care workers - to get one", the state department of health reminded residents.

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6-months-old and older get a flu shot every year.

Other tests called rapid molecular assays can also take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and they detect the actual genetic material of the flu virus, according to the CDC.

A spokesperson for the HSE said that the best way to protect yourself is to get the flu vaccine.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

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