Flu cases see jump

First case of flu confirmed in the city

Those numbers are a jump from the fewer than 90 cases confirmed the week of December 8. In 2017, the peak was the week of December 10-16, a full month later. Overall, influenza is considered more intense than the common cold. Since then, cases have declined, said Dr. Jia Hu, Alberta Health Services medical officer of health for the Calgary zone.

The department said Wednesday that a total of 10 people have now died due to influenza during the flu season that began in September.

"It does seem to be a pretty good match, but it's important to know that even in years when the flu vaccine is not a flawless match it still gives your immune system a little bit of a lesson of how to fight these viruses", Pedati said.

Minnesota's flu season runs from around October to May, Schultz said.

Avoid bringing children under the age of 12 to hospitals when possible.

Flu cases are on the rise.

Arkansas and Oklahoma have lost 21 people to the flu since September.

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"Last year it was such an outbreak". The deaths this season have been associated with a mix of H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus infections.

The CDC's "flu view" map is based on outpatient visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness. "Another thing is the vaccine might be a lot more effective this year than last year", Hu said.

Reports of Americans infected rose dramatically after the holidays past year, and the season ended in almost 80,000 deaths that were traced to the flu.

Flu vaccinations aren't ideal but will reduce your chances of becoming ill. A strain of the H1N1 virus has predominated this season so far, but it's too soon to tell if that will continue for the remainder of the season, state health officials wrote in the update.

"It's miserable between feeling just rundown, disgusting headaches, and the sweats", said Stephen Canter, a father who is anxious about the flu.

On Friday, Iowa recorded its first flu-related death of the season. One of the hardest hit areas now is Louisville Metro, which has confirmed more than 550 cases recently.

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