Houston Health Department confirms 2 flu-related deaths

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Skowronski described graphs illustrating flu activity as looking like a church steeple - with a sudden rise, a peak and then a sharp decline.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports influenza activity has spread to 46 US states.

On average, the 10- to 12-week flu season generally ends in March, she said. NHS staff are doing a tremendous job at a tough time of year, and we should all do our bit to not add unnecessary pressure on the health service. "Everywhere from babies to elderly are getting it".

Flu deaths have soared dramatically by 50% in the last seven days, with 27 reported in the last week, it was reportedaccording to new figures released by Public Health England.

Chen also says if the symptoms are severe, a person might try a trip to urgent care before the emergency room because it could be faster.

The entire last flu season, there were 173 cases, compared to this season, in just the first three months, there have been 130.

Parkland Hospital in Dallas has seen nearly 1,000 people coming to their emergency department seeking treatment.

Health Minister John Haggie says a potentially less-than-perfect flu vaccine doesn't mean people should skip their flu vaccine this year. "Drink lots and lots of water and treat the symptoms - Tylenol, Motrin - for fever".

Further compounding the issue is this year's flu shot.

Dr Cillian de Gascun of the UCD Virus Reference Laboratory as the AH3N2 strain, popularly known as Aussie flu, is proving a threat but the dominant risk is a B strain, not covered by the standard flu vaccine.

From Dec. 31 to January 6, the Arizona Department of Health Services received 2,455 reports of flu.

For the first time, a cell-grown H3N2 vaccine reference virus was used to produce the H3N2 component of the cell-based vaccine, Flucelvax.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained: "These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs".

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Rock Island County residents interested in getting a flu shot can call the health department at 794-7080. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

"Wash your hands", Townes urges, noting some influenza strains won't survive long on surfaces, but some germs associated with common colds can survive on surfaces for hours.



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