Local flu-related death reported as virus continues to spread

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The flu season has swamped the urgent care clinic at Kingman Regional Medical Center, where more than 200 patients have been treated for flu-like symptoms in the last three weeks.

At the same time, the number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada.

She's seen a recent spike in cases with 170 reports of influenza in the county through December 23, a 45-percent increase from a year ago.

Visit the Fairfield County Health Department website at www.myfdh.org for more information on influenza. "Wash your hands and get your vaccination".

Doing so is "very important", Tam said, "as we move ahead to future years of vaccine program planning and recommendations". "Every spring, we try to guess what strains are going to be in the environment, so six months before anybody really is getting ready for flu, we're guessing from the Southern Hemisphere what's going to happen in the Northern Hemisphere", he said.

An unusually bad flu season predicted by some experts hasn't hit the Brantford area.

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People getting the flu from the vaccine is a misconception, de Lota said.

"If you already have the flu we'd advise people to follow the message "Catch It, Bin It, Kill It". The Denton County Public Health department offers low-priced immunizations to those who qualify. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October. No public schools had been closed because of increased influenza-like illness.

At the end of its flu season in mid-August, Australia had more than 93,000 laboratory-confirmed cases - nearly 2.5 times the number of infections and double the number of hospitalizations and deaths compared to the previous year.

Anyone who is particularly at risk - including the elderly and those with heart and/or lung conditions - should seek immediate medical attention if they show flu-like symptoms. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, muscle aches, sore throat, chills, and a headache.

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