'Japanese Flu' which affects children most has spread to UK

Faith Castro
January 12, 2018

- In a flu season that has reached near-epidemic proportions nationwide, three people in Wake County have lost their lives.

"With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season", he said.

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The non-profit immunization group recently received a shipment of over 2,000 flu vaccines for adults, and has an additional stockpile reserved exclusively for children who do not have health insurance or can not otherwise afford the vaccine.

Out of the 427 cases of students with flu-like symptoms, 118 cases were confirmed with the flu since the beginning of the school year. Ledford explained that different strains circulate during different times of the year.

"I just want to provide some reassurance that what we're seeing with respect to influenza, at least in Canada, is not unusual, in general".

In St. Louis County, cases of the flu have nearly doubled since mid-December.

The number of cases in Saskatchewan is up 80 percent from a year ago, something Werker says should not worry people in the province.

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In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed. As well, not all provinces and territories keep track of hospitalizations due to influenza.

That marked a sharp increase from the 46 people per 100,000 with the flu in the last week of 2017. "I wouldn't interfere with [anyone] taking them, because we don't know everything, but personally, I wouldn't spend a lot of money on things that haven't been shown to shorten the duration".

"Stay hydrated", she said.

On Monday, the department said that one person - a 56-year-old woman - had died of the flu in the county.

Some of the symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

"The CDC is definitely telling everybody to still get the flu shot, that there is a benefit", Grayson said, may it be faster recovery time, milder symptoms and more.

Health professionals say one reason for the spike in cases may be that year's flu vaccine was not as effective as in other years. "When more people get vaccinated, less flu can spread through a community".

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