Flu Season Has Kicked In... Here's How to Protect Yourself

Flu Season Hits In The US After A Slow Start

Flu Season Hits In The US After A Slow Start

According to officials, there is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot-especially health care workers-to get one. That applies to data collected on both adults and children.

Flu cases last week fell to 257 from 369 the previous week.

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season. This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old.

During the same timeframe, there were only two reported deaths from influenza past year.

Hospitals across IN are seeing high level of flu activity - including Marion County.

Canada-wide, 414 children have been hospitalized with the flu, the vast majority the H1N1 strain of influenza A, which tends to hit children hardest.

As of December 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths.

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Kids under the age of five have been particularly vulnerable to the flu virus this year, with a higher rate of confirmed cases based on the percentage of the population.

But after the Southern Hemisphere experienced a much milder flu season about six months ago, health experts are hopeful this year won't be as bad.

The flu season is far from over though. The 2017-2018 flu season killed the most people since the late 1970s, the CDC also said at the time.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained.

Ottawa's hospitals and Ottawa Public Health are encouraging people who think they have the flu to stay home and rest, take plenty of liquids and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever.

In addition to the inoculation, Kaiser urges everyone to wash their hands frequently and avoid getting close to someone who is ill.

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