Health officials: 15 deaths, 'high level' of hospitalizations reported from flu


They've accounted for 70 percent of patients who've been hospitalized.

Public health influenza vaccination clinics are available at county health departments, medical providers and pharmacies throughout the state.

With a couple of months left in flu season, more Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have been vaccinated than previous year, says the province's health minister. Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu and since the flu season typically runs until late spring, it is not too late to get vaccinated.

After its case peak, the flu epidemic will slowly decline until about August.

Influenza cases have ramped up in the state in recent weeks, health officials say, with 15 CT residents dying so far from seasonal flu. It is unknown if the deceased received a flu shot. That compares with 128 positive tests during the same period a year ago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of Americans hospitalized with flu per 100,000 nearly doubled from 13.7 for the week ending December 30, to 22.7 admissions per 100,000 Americans for the week ending January 6.

Health reports state that all of the patients who died from the virus were over the age of 50.

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Residents of Madisonville continue to be dogged by a statewide influenza outbreak.

The most recent numbers from the Department of Health show things in this province seem fairly normal in terms of the amount of influenza being spread. "We had 15 or 20 people call in and ask about the program, and about half a dozen people got high results and called us and asked us to explain the results to them in terms of what they should or shouldn't do", Anderson said. "The H3N2 virus also tends to affect the age-65 age group a little more, and we have a lot of those in Marin". "Stay at home if they have the flu or flu-like symptoms and to avoid contact with others".

Flu symptoms include severe muscle or body aches, chills, a fever that lasts several days, headaches, fatigue, severe chest discomfort and a cough.

John Haggie told CBC's On the Go on Thursday that since the start of flu clinics in October, 109,783 vaccines have been administered, compared with 106,077 over the entire flu season past year.

Most people with the flu are able to treat themselves at home with rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and over the counter medications, health officials say, but in some, the disease can lead to complications including pneumonia, seizures, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart or lung disease. Even if the vaccine doesn't match the strain going around, it can still help.

Visit the City of Columbia's website for updates on the 2017-2018 flu season in Boone County.

Public health officials say the best way to avoid catching the flu or giving it to others is for people to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth, which may become contaminated with the virus.