US, Idaho see increase in influenza-related deaths

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That's according to the latest numbers from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Out of the 62 counties in NY, 61 counties reported positive influenza tests over the past week. You can check for times and locations at the Division of Public Health website. As of January 27 the case count was up to 151, a jump of 45 new cases over the previous week.

Brammer is still hoping to see flu activity peak later this month, but infections could continue to increase until March.

The state has reported 10 deaths, five facility outbreaks and one school-wide outbreak of the flu this season.

Of the 1,978 specimens submitted to NYS WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 527 (26.64 percent) were positive for influenza.

The report shows that in the week ending February 4, Maryland experienced a low amount of influenza-like illnesses.

DHEC says, there were 77 new lab-confirmed cases in the past week.

According to doctors Flu-like symptoms include cough, fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, chills and fatigue.

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Doctors at SSM DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton said they treated 95 cases of the flu last week, up from 66 the week before. He added that the group is in a licensing agreement with Sanofi Pasteur, the largest flu vaccine manufacturer in the world.

Everyone can benefit from getting a flu vaccine, but it is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness or death from influenza including babies and young children, the elderly and pregnant women as well as healthcare workers and family and friends of anyone at high risk.

Hospitalizations among people in their 50s and 60s are also increasing, and may actually be outpacing those for children, the CDC reported.

Leanne Cunningham, Director of Nursing at the Meigs County Health Department, said that approximately 500 doses of the flu vaccine have been given at the health department this flu season.

Dr. Ross and his team are licensed with Sanofi Pasteur and are working to create a flu vaccine that would last multiple years and that would protect not only against the most dominant flu strains in any given year, but that will also protect an individual from viral subtypes.

The flu has come early to Pueblo County. The location alternates between White Plains and Yonkers.

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