The tally of flu cases was already running well ahead of 2016, but 563 cases were confirmed by laboratory testing last week, compared to 227 the week before, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.
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Five people in North Carolina and SC have died from the flu this season. "The number of cases has been climbing but steadily, not "spiking". Flu season usually lasts through early summer.
"I think there's much more to come", Thompson said.
DPH officials report weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national flu surveillance system.
The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive. He also recommends staying home at the first sign of flu-like symptoms.
Influenza can affect people of all ages, and can be severe.
There are four steps that can help prevent the spread of the disease.
The first cases of the flu for the 2017-2018 season appeared in September, slightly earlier than the typical October 1 start of the season. "In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has made a decision to stand with a large part of the health care community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask".
Speaking on RTÉ's News At One, he said the vaccine has a very safe record.
"With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky, it is a still a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot", said Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, acting DPH commissioner. According to local news reports, the victim was a Murrieta child under the age of 10 who died the previous day due to flu complications. Every November and December, things ramp up on the flu front and despite our best efforts, it is easy to catch whatever flu happens to be circulating through the population. "So if you're traveling to another part of the US where there's a flu outbreak, the close proximity to people will contribute to the virus being transmitted".