Clark County close to active flu season

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

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

The HSE said that in an average year, around 60-120 deaths are directly linked to flu and 300-450 are indirectly linked to it. But there are some symptoms that only come with the flu that might help those who are sick confirm that they have the flu instead of a cold.

IH is preparing to release a public service announcement, encouraging the public to get vaccinated. "I think this year we can anticipate that emergency rooms, out-patient visits will be greater because younger people are being affected by H1N1, but the overall impact of serious outcomes should be less this year compared to the last couple of seasons". However, he's expecting another two to four weeks of transmission.

"We knew this virus affects more children, pregnant women, and not the seniors particularly". The CDC estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017-2018 season.

Shahab said this strain first appeared in 2009 and was the dominant strain three years ago.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has also reported 13 outbreaks of influenza in long-term care facilities.

Marion County Public Health Department is requesting that hospitals in Marion County begin temporary restrictions for visitors.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.

That rate drops even further to 19 per cent for children aged five to nine.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16. "The most important thing is to get vaccinated ahead of time". Most cases occurred in people under age 65.