Health officials report 127 positive flu tests, 1 death

Leslie Hanson
January 14, 2018

According to the latest data from Manitoba Health, 17 people have died from outcomes associated with influenza since the start of the 2017-2018 season, nearly double the number of deaths from the previous week. The victims were over the age of 65.

Health officials hope this year's flu season is peaking and the number of infected people will soon decline.

That said, this year is starting to look like a severe season, and maybe more severe than last year, which was also bad, said Dr. Dan Jernigan, head of CDC's influenza division. While vaccine effectiveness is usually between 30 percent and 60 percent, the CDC stresses that "influenza vaccination is the most effective now available method to prevent influenza and its complications".

For more information on the flu, visit Summit County Public Health or the Ohio Department of Health.

In Florida, health officials have reported a rise in flu activity, including two child deaths, over the past several weeks, with the northern regions of the state seeing higher incidence of illness. CDC officials said that this is likely the peak of flu season because the spread started early this year. The vaccine effectiveness against the predominant H3N2 strain has been reported in the low 30 percentile range.

Symptoms of the flu vary but can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Another result of the harsh flu season is the number of influenza outbreaks in Kentucky's long-term care facilities.

The main strains circulating continue to be flu A (H3N2), known as Aussie flu, A (H1N1), known as swine flu, and flu B.

"We're seeing a tremendous number of patients and we have not seen it slow down yet", said Dr. John Goldman.

Make sure you cover your cough, clean your hands and you contain your germs by staying at home when you are ill. The onset of symptoms is sudden and people should stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care.

Most people in California and nationwide are catching a strain of influenza A known as H3N2, which tends to be deadlier than other strains.

"At this point in time we have seen a really dramatic increases in cases", Hacker told the Tribune-Review.

Last year, there were far fewer cases, with 8,976 reported by the end of the first week of January 2017.

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