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Indiana Health Department: 4 flu deaths so far this season

Indiana Health Department: 4 flu deaths so far this season

By comparison, there were 195 pediatric hospitalizations over the same period last season. Photocopier buttons are rarely wiped down and usually a hotbed mashup of several types of germs that can make you ill.

"These new in-season estimates fill out the picture of the burden of flu in the United States", the agency said in a statement, adding that they will be updated weekly. Designing the correct immunization against flu means guessing which strain or strains will be the big ones, and then making an effective deterrent.

Flu activity is elevated throughout much of the country, with 30 states reporting widespread flu activity, according to the CDC.

The message to get vaccinated seems to be sinking in, with more people taking advantage of flu shots at pharmacies every year, said Gudmundson.

In Illinois, the most recent data (which also goes through January 5) shows 163 people have been hospitalized for influenza this season, and one child has died, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Doctors are urging everyone - especially the very young or very old - to go get a flu shot as soon as possible.

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While states such as California and North Carolina have seen significant numbers of flu-related deaths this season, US health officials said Friday that the nationwide impact of influenza seems to be milder than last winter. Vaccines are also working better against it.

"Swine flu, also known as H1N1 virus is a contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract that spreads from person to person through the inhalation of respiratory droplets". "If you see signs of flu we do encourage you to get evaluated soon so that you can limit its spread".

Adult flu deaths are not officially counted, but 16 children have died so far.

For the first time this flu season, there has been an increase in flu activity in the state of Ohio.

Normally, he would advise parents of children with run-of-the-mill flu symptoms to treat them at home with rest, fluids and over-the-counter medications to control fever. However, the season is less intense so far than last year, with the rate of influenza-like illness 3.5 percent compared to a peak of 7.5 percent last year. This year - in Saskatchewan at least - he said children with flu symptoms should see a health professional right away.

Experts say it's not too late to reap the benefits of a flu vaccine.


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