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As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

As flu epidemic spreads, 11 deaths reported in San Diego County, Calif.

From Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, flu cases were considered "widespread" by the Illinois Department of Public Health, meaning there was an increase in at least half the state's regions. That's up from 84 cases reported during the previous week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the strain H3N2 is responsible for the majority of the deadliest cases reported this season.

Vernon said the best defenses for fighting the flu are washing hands and receiving a flu shot. Last week, the death toll from the flu outbreak in the county reached 11. There were 289 positive influenza B cases tested as of December 23, more than five times the number seen at the end of 2016. Deaths attributed to several forms of the virus, and deaths in which the flu may have been a contributing factor, are separate issues. "Influenza vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect your family from complications of influenza", states Dr. Moreno.




Children younger than five years of age. At least 11 people younger than 65 have died in California, while North Carolina has reported 12 deaths and SC seven. A survey released this week by the Walgreen's pharmacy indicates that Texas leads the country in flu activity, the Dallas Morning News reported.

In light of panic over reports of the vaccine's effectiveness, the CDC reported that it expects the American vaccine to be 32 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, but this week saw the flu become highly active in 21 states.

However, public health officials said people sick with the flu should seek help if they develop difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, experience chest pain or severe abdominal pain, suffer sudden dizziness or experience "severe vomiting or vomiting that won't stop". Randy Bergen, of healthcare company Kaiser Permanente. Sick rooms can be shared with others who are sick and in households with more than one bathroom, sick people should use one while well people use the other. A full breakdown of flu cases can be found here.


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