Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Emergency Room visits for flu highest among babies and toddlers in Virginia

Emergency Room visits for flu highest among babies and toddlers in Virginia

According to new estimates by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WHO and global health partners, the latest death toll has marked an increase on the previous global estimate of 250,000 to 500,000, which dates from over 10 years ago.

Saul said he's seen only a few flu cases at Bridgeport Hospital so far this season, but expects it to pick up soon.

"We still have flu vaccine available, so if you haven't already, now is the time to get your flu vaccination".

The flu has now killed one person in Tulsa County, the first death here this season.

It's still early in the flu season, and who knows for sure what direction it's going to take - it's kind of like the weather that way. Since influenza virus can spread easily through coughing or sneezing, it is also important that family members and people in regular contact with high risk individuals get an influenza vaccine.

Although recommendations are in place, the problem is that more often than not, underdeveloped countries are unable to produce and distribute seasonal vaccines, and many lack vaccination programs. Several states are seeing regional influenza activity, according to the CDC's FluView map. Seven children have died, and an additional 856 flu-related hospitalizations have occurred as of December 2, according to the CDC's weekly surveillance report.

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Over the past week in North Dakota, there were 104 new cases of the flu.

"The Health Department believes regardless of the effectiveness of the vaccine, you still receive protection from vaccine", Oeding said.

For the past two weeks, over 200 patients have visited Barnes-Jewish Hospital's emergency department for flu-like symptoms, a spokesman said, adding that this does not mean they were all influenza-positive. Because while the influenza may be at best uncomfortable for some people, it is deadly for some. But many pharmacies now offer them, too.

Even if you don't have health insurance, county health departments can help you find local clinics that offer free or low-priced vaccinations.

"All indications are that we are seeing more flu earlier in the year, and we anticipate more cases", said Randall Williams, MD, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The county reminds its residents there is no live virus in flu shots and the vaccine can not cause the flu. "It may well be that somebody got vaccinated on Monday and on Wednesday they got a cold, and what they'll do is attribute that cold to having received the vaccine, but there's no connection".

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