2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

"Influenza is in full swing in Canada", said Tam, noting that this year's flu season started earlier than normal.

Health officials said 36 people have died from complications of the flu in Los Angeles County during the current flu season.

It says one adult between the ages of 50 to 64 died at some point between October first through December 30th.

She's seen a recent spike in cases with 170 reports of influenza in the county through December 23, a 45-percent increase from a year ago.

Doctors and nurses throughout North Texas are preparing for another round of flu patients in emergency rooms and clinics. That dwarfs the 369 hospitalizations at this time previous year. During that season, influenza A H3N2 viruses dominated nationally.

Of course, officials say it's never too late to get a flu shot.

Fairfield County Health Department communicable disease nurse Tiffany Nash did not have access to actual case numbers in the county.

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Tam said there are also anti-viral medications, such as Tamiflu and zanamivir, to treat flu and help prevent outbreaks in long-term care homes and other facilities.

It said, in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires Oseltamivir nor testing.

Tam said that given the burden of influenza B on kids, the national advisory committee on immunization recommends children receive the "quadrivalent" vaccine, which protects against four strains of flu, including two B strains. They include the Tri City Health Partnership in St. Charles, which serves people who are uninsured or underinsured; it has ample vaccines on hand, said Kim Lamansky, executive director.

The state tracks only deaths from flu of patients younger than 65; the total death toll is much higher than figures reported statewide.

Harding said the main reason for the rough flu season stems from the Centers for Disease Control missing the mark on the vaccine to combat the current strain.

Anyone who is particularly at risk - including the elderly and those with heart and/or lung conditions - should seek immediate medical attention if they show flu-like symptoms.

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