4-Year-Old Dies From Complications Linked To Flu In Riverside County

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image

The Government Of Canada Is Now Warning That H1N1 Flu Is Back And The Rate Of Confirmed Cases Is Higher Than Ever featured image

That applies to data collected on both adults and children.

To prevent more children from contracting the flu, a hospital in Wisconsin is temporarily restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting. That's slightly less compared to this time a year ago, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200. However, health officials say the flu shot works better against that strain.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 414 children under the age of 16 had to be hospitalized due to influenza across Canada since September, including 71 who had to be admitted to the ICU.

Overall, flu activity was down last week compared to previous weeks.

The flu season started earlier this year and Saskatchewan's chief medical officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said it has peaked. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season. Rates, however, were higher among young children and the elderly (14.5 and 11.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, respectively), as these populations are more susceptible to complications of the flu.

Flu activity in ME is characterized by the Centers for Disease Control as local and minimal but the numbers are growing.

From Dec. 23 to 29, 2019, the province reported 64 new influenza cases, including one death and one ICU admission.

Meanwhile, 19 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity, meaning a much higher-than-average proportion of doctor's visits could be attributed to the flu. Vaccines protect against multiple flu strains.

But experts still keep a careful eye on the H1N1 strain, which in 1918 infected 500 million people worldwide and killed 50 million in one of the worst disease outbreaks in recorded history.

The HSE has urged all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

Dr Kelleher said that while most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who was concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out-of-hours medical service so they could arrange to be treated in a way that did not put others at risk.