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Health officials see increase in flu cases in CT

"Flu vaccine; you think, 'Oh, it doesn't work, '" Stanley said.

Health officials say more than 30 people die in South Dakota every year on average from influenza.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, acting medical officer of health for the WECHU, says the flu season is progressing slower than expected.

Through mid-November, fewer than 2 percent of people reported flu-like illnesses at different surveillance sites across the state, according to Department of Health data.

Maurer says the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus is to get a flu shot and wash your hands.

"Only about 30% of the Flu that's going around in Louisiana is the A strain and they've done some more tests in the United States which suggest that the vaccine against that particular strain isn't great but, it's about 30% effective", said Welch.

North Carolina health officials believe more needs to be done to protect families from the flu.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit provided an update of this season's influenza cases following Thursday afternoon's monthly board meeting.

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or death.

As well, there were 53 new outbreaks reported last week: 28 in long-term care facilities, 11 in hospitals, and 16 in other settings.

Thus far, there have been a total of six deaths and 262 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the start of the 2017-18 season. Both he and the state health department are urging you to still get the Flu shot if you haven't already because it offers protection against a number of different Flu strains.

Davis said JCCHS has flu vaccine available for the senior population and is still ordering it for children.

Although most people refer to it as the flu, there actually are many strains of the virus. Symptoms of flu include fever, chills, body aches, and a cough or sore throat. It also brings on the flu.

For people with confirmed or suspected influenza, particular those who are at high risk for complications, it's important to seek treatment with influenza antiviral medications as close to the onset of illness as possible.

"Other than that, good hygiene, washing your hands with warm soapy water and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze", Brake said, adding, "If you are sick, stay home so other people aren't exposed". While the elderly, the young and those with compromised immune systems are usually more at risk.

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