2 boys die as unsafe flu season ramps up

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"This is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu situation", the health department said in a release. And hospital patients are asked to have no more than two visitors at a time.

He said the H3N2 influenza strain is showing up, which can mean more severe illness in children and people who are older or with compromised immune systems.

Other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick.

The county Department of Public Health on Wednesday said 36 deaths have been attributed to flu compared to 13 flu deaths at the same time past year. Both of those are subsets of the influenza A virus, which is distinct from the influenza B virus, and there are meaningful differences between all of these variations, both from a treatment and patient perspective. "But time is short and we hope you get vaccinated soon, if you haven't".

On social media, Medical City Lewisville educated the public on how to differentiate between the common cold, also normal in the winter weather, and the more serious flu virus. But the symptoms will be milder and probably have a shorter duration.

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"It is with great regret that I am informing the community of these deaths from influenza", stated Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Health Officer. "It's always the best defense against the flu and to protect yourself, your family and those around you". The Denton County Public Health department offers low-priced immunizations to those who qualify.

Last week it reported that as of December 30, there have been 13 reported cases of influenza-related intensive care unit admission. However, the state does track pediatric deaths.

The 2017-18 flu season in OH and nationally is looking similar to the 2014-15 flu season, which at the time was the most severe flu season in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child to the flu".

Harding said the flu can be especially rough, and even fatal, on the elderly, the very young or patients with certain other medical conditions. However, a second wave of influenza will often cause illnesses after the first.