Minnesota Flu Activity Now Rated as Widespread

Minnesota Flu Activity Now Rated as Widespread

The number of people in the province who died with lab-confirmed influenza rose to six, according to Alberta Health Services' weekly report released Thursday. The New Mexico Health Department said usually, only 50% of New Mexicans get flu shots.

The latest Influenza and Respiratory Illness Activity Report states there were 61 people hospitalized for the flu for the week ending on December 14.

But as we approach the new year, flu activity has remained in the moderate range in all regions of the Garden State and some people are wondering if this is a signal that flu season might not be so bad after all.

The state reported the 10th flu-related death of the year in the most recent report on the virus from the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Medina and Summit counties reported only a handful of flu-related hospitalizations through early December.

For the fifth week in a row the state reported "widespread activity" of the virus, with increases seen across SC.

"Many individuals with influenza do not seek medical attention", she said. That is running ahead of the pace set during the previous flu season when the total number of hospitalizations was just over 2500 at the end of the season. For anyone who has not done so already, now is a great time to get a flu shot and be protected against getting the flu.

"The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season".

"I urge everyone to get an annual flu vaccine and to stay home when sick to help prevent the spread of illness to these more vulnerable groups", continued Duchin. "They may not be able to get the flu shot themselves, or won't be strong enough to fight off the virus as well as yourself".

"It's a different seasons than the past", Landen said.

Influenza immunization is now available, free of charge, to all Albertans age six months and older.

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