Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Officials report 7 more flu deaths in NC; 20 for the season

Officials report 7 more flu deaths in NC; 20 for the season

The map, which includes the potentially deadly Aussie flu strain which has arrived in the United Kingdom, shows the areas with the worst outbreaks of the illness, according to users who upload reports themselves.

Residents can still get the flu vaccine at hospitals, clinics and most pharmacies. Up to half of the children who die from flu have no known medical condition that would have put them at higher risk.

"The Tucson Medical Center emergency department is now experiencing a 10 percent increase in patient volume over the previous year", said hospital spokesman Jim Marten, when asked about how flu cases were affecting the hospital.

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Dr. Tan said many illnesses can cause similar symptoms, including headache, fever and chills, so unless you get tested, you won't know for sure.

Nationally, flu season has arrived stronger than projected, according to federal health officials.

The number of reported cases represent a small proportion of the true number of cases of influenza.

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"It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to become maximally active so that you have the most benefits from it, but it's not too late, especially as we're seeing a great increase in the amount of flu that we're having", she said. But it's hard to compare one flu season with another, he said. The CDC urges a vaccination for everyone 6 months of age or older. DHHS doesn't provide other identifying details about flu victims.

"We're about two weeks ahead of where we were previous year", she said.

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