Ventura County flu deaths rise again; public health officials urge vaccination

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Officials made the decision to review the deaths "because this flu season is so impactful", McDowell said, and officials are trying to monitor the situation.

Ten people have died of flu-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County since December 10, according to Ann McDowell, an epidemiologist with the SLO County Public Health Department. Ledford, the county's Public Health Director, stressed that the flu is a serious, contagious disease and is reiterating the importance of getting a vaccine. "Sometimes they have underlying medical conditions and they don't tend to go to a hospital or a doctor in a timely fashion. The vaccine is the best defence we have and it isn't too late for people to get vaccinated".

The standard flu shot (which is free for all Canadians) is about half as effective in seniors than in younger adults.

Several deaths in Whatcom County are among the more than 20 confirmed flu-related deaths in the state. So far this flu season, there have been 130 hospitalized cases in Pueblo. "It is too early for us to know what the flu vaccine effectiveness is for the USA, and we can't make predictions based on what happened in other countries like Australia because it's not an equal comparison". This had been predicted but it's more virulent and the flu vaccine gives you some protection but not always complete protection.

As of Thursday, no Texas hospitals had requested state help to deal with flu activity, Anton said.

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Increased flu activity has been reported in 44 of Alabama's 67 counties, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health's influenza surveillance map.

Health officials in North Carolina report four new flu deaths, while a school canceled classes for the rest of the week and hospitals placed restrictions on visitors because of the outbreak. Of the 421 students with flu-like illness, 118 of them were confirmed flu cases. If residents are having a hard time fighting the flu, Andrews encouraged them to see their physician for better care.

The flu may not sound like a big deal, but if you've ever had it, you know it can make you feel miserable.

Outpatient visits to doctors and other medical professionals by people suffering from influenza-like illnesses were above normal baseline levels in every region of the country, the CDC reported.

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