Adult dies in San Francisco's 1st flu-related death this winter season

Adult dies in San Francisco's 1st flu-related death this winter season

A young child who died after testing positive for influenza is the first pediatric-flu associated death in Riverside County this flu season, health officials said Wednesday.

Calgary's flu season isn't over yet, the city's medical officer of health says, as the latest numbers from Alberta Health Services show 1,897 confirmed cases of influenza A in the region so far. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

However, these figures reflect only cases in which testing was performed; many more people who come down with the flu don't seek medical assistance and therefore aren't tested. Nine other states reported "moderate" influenza activity and 10 states reported low flu activity. Use your TRICARE benefit to get the flu vaccine.

Public health officials theorize that young children are being particularly hard-hit this season because they were not born when the H1N1 serotype was last widespread in Canada, thus they were unable to build up immunity.

Last season, 342 San Diegans died from complications from the flu, the highest total since the County began tracking flu deaths almost 20 years ago.

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Overall, just over 2,000 cases of the flu have been reported so far this season, which fell dramatically from more than 10,300 by this time previous year. But if flu symptoms still appear, experts say to contact a doctor. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems. Flu shots tend to work better against H1N1 than they do against H3N2, so higher early-season vaccination rates may mean that fewer people are getting sick.

"We also have good evidence that having a flu shot greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization or death even for those who do get the flu anyway", he added. Amiran Gamkredlidze, the Head of the National Disease Control Center has stated that there is a ready supply of Tamiflu medication available free-of-charge for pregnant women, children, socially vulnerable persons, pensioners, and those suffering with certain diseases.

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She said people should wash their hands, cover their coughs and stay home if they feel sick to avoid potentially spreading the flu. The CDC estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017-2018 season.

"Certain patients are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, such as pneumonia or having to be hospitalized".

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