Connecticut Reports its First Flu-Related Death This Season

Connecticut Reports its First Flu-Related Death This Season

Data from the CDC's interactive flu-tracking site show cases of people falling ill with "influenza-like illnesses" (ILI) are more widespread than in previous years.

Doctors also suspect the flu season could peak later than normal this season - around February or March - meaning the entire flu season could go from now until April or May.

"Even though we're seeing an increase in cases right now, this might not be the end, " she said.

At the time, public health said this flu season is expected to be more severe than usual based on the amount of flu activity seen earlier this year in the southern hemisphere. There are dozens of different strains to be protected from - and the flu virus will change and alter itself as well.

Between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians die each year from complications of flu and about 20,000 people are hospitalized.

"We're expecting a fairly severe flu season", said Swift.

And while flu activity is increasing, the worst may be yet to come.

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The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic was the deadliest outbreak of the virus in history. It's a game of cat and mouse trying to chase the newest strain. "But right now we really don't have any great estimate for the USA and how effective our flu vaccines are so far this year".

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The Illinois Department of Public Health says as of last week, there have been 45 flu-related ICU admissions and one pediatric death across the state.

Dr. Dieckhaus recommends everyone over the age of six months receive the vaccine and says it's not too late to get one if you haven't already. Vaccinations are also about protecting others.

Flu vaccinations are typically available for a fee through physician offices, the health department or drugstores. You've probably even had it at least a few times before. "So we won't know for sure what this season looks like until we get into it more".

DCHHS offers the flu vaccine free to all uninsured and low income Dallas County residents. But it does reduce the amount of virus that a person will potentially spread to others.

Estimates are that between 15 percent and 40 percent of the population will develop illness from influenza every year. If you have flu symptoms, PHD advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. "Were only talking about one strand that is in the flu shot".

"Our flu season started early this year", explained the Pima County Health Department's Deputy Director, Paula Mandel.

DCHHS said in their most recent report that the most frequently identified influenza type in Dallas County has been influenza type A (87 percent) with the predominant subtype H3N2.

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