Medicine

Two additional flu deaths reported in El Paso County

Two additional flu deaths reported in El Paso County

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, this new number reflects an increase of eight more dead compared to last week's report.

Through the season, state officials have implored residents to get flu shots, holding free and low cost vaccination clinics. The flu season typically lasts through May.

West Milford Health Officer Michael Hodges said this week that no deaths related to the flu have been reported to the local health office this year, yet.

The flu season usually runs through May. "Against B it's considered to be more effective than some of the other components".

According to the Center for Disease Control flu viruses are named for the types of proteins on the surfaces of virus particles - there are 16 different hem agglutinin [H] proteins and 11 different neuraminidase [N] proteins. Approximately 90 percent of influenza-related deaths are among people aged 65 years and older.

The most common complication from the flu that can lead to death is a bacterial infection of the lungs, or bacterial pneumonia.

Ryanair CANCELS all flights from four major United Kingdom airports
By mid-morning on March 1 Glasgow Airport had said there will be no arrivals or departures before 15:00 local time. It has also cancelled more than 50 flights from Dublin Airport , although some are still scheduled to fly.

Flu is a contagious, viral illness that causes mild to severe symptoms that can sometimes lead to death.

DHHS continues to encourage individuals to get a flu shot even at this late date in the season. Both flu victims reportedly had underlying medical conditions.

The 7-year-old Elizabeth girl died over the weekend.

"The flu vaccine is a very safe vaccine that saves lives", Bocchini said.

That's why some people contracted the flu twice this season.

Beyond protecting yourself, Martinello said getting the vaccine protects the community at large. "Among the repository viruses we see each year, the flu has the largest impact", he said.


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