Wednesday's announcement came after seven people died from the flu Tuesday, according to the county.
As of the week ending January 6, there have been 1,765 flu-related hospitalizations, 55 outbreaks of influenza-like illness in long-term care facilities, 43 outbreaks in schools and one pediatric flu death this flu season. The review included people over the age of 65, McDowell said.
The flu is raging across Oregon, and two children have already died in the last month, according to the Oregon Health Authority. A Houston doctor said local hospital beds were at capacity, telling flu sufferers they might be better off staying at home. "Just a little bit of extra distance between you and another person can be the difference between you getting sick or you getting someone else sick", said Mitchell.
The standard flu shot (which is free for all Canadians) is about half as effective in seniors than in younger adults.
In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed. Texas is among 22 states considered to have the highest amount of flu cases in the U.S.by the end of 2017.
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"The entire health and social care system is at full stretch - now an increase in respiratory illness and flu has further intensified this pressure", said Sir David Behan, chief executive of the CQC. "It lets us know what is going on in the school population".
The most recent numbers for Iowa show 78 new cases of the flu confirmed by the State Hygienic Laboratory and six new outbreaks in long-term care facilities. "Those four things you really get nearly always with the flu", Dr. Dreiling said. Both CDC and MDH have notified medical providers of the importance of prescribing antivirals during this flu season. Vaccinating students against the flu is one way to keep them healthy and focused on their academic success.
"Even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate and those that are used in the vaccine, there is a difference in its effectiveness", Werker explained. If residents are having a hard time fighting the flu, Andrews encouraged them to see their physician for better care.
Luz De Jesus from York City has never had the flu, but she got the shot from Family First Health to prevent it.