CT health officials: Deadly flu season is intensifying


A spokesman for Riverside Health System did not respond to multiple requests for comment, however, Riverside is offering free flu vaccinations for people 14-years-old and older on a first come, first served basis while vaccine supplies last, according to its website.

The average age of the victims was 85, and lived across all regions of the state.

"Flu is everywhere in the US right now", Jernigan said.

TDH also recommends people who are sick or have sick people in their households, such as small children be particularly careful when considering visiting friends or loved ones in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other places where sick and vulnerable people live or receive care.

Los Angeles County health officials this week reported 36 deaths this flu season, compared to 13 people for the same time a year ago. During that same period in 2016, there were 87 influenza-associated hospitalizations.

- The last two weeks have seen an explosion of influenza cases in Minnesota and even one death related to the outbreak, leading experts to warn that this year could be among the worst in recent memory when it comes to the illness.

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"It's not too late yet to get a flu shot", said IDPH Medical Director and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta said there has been an increase in flu cases in children this season. Experts won't know how effective the 2017-2018 flu vaccine is until the flu season is over, but the experts are predicting that it will be around 30% effective.

Perry Kendall says more people are being diagnosed with Influenza B than there are A.

"We're seeing a very active flu season and early signs that the season may be severe", Dan Jernigan, MD, of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), said at a news briefing. "This is the normal seasonal flu that we typically see".

Symptoms of the flu include fever, headache, cough, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue and muscle aches. "When H3 [strains] are predominant, we tend to have a worse flu season with more hospitalizations and more deaths". "Things are pretty much the way they usually are this time of year".

Influenza can be prevented or its severity diminished with the flu vaccine.