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Deadly flu outbreak starting to decline, says Mass. Department of Public Health

Deadly flu outbreak starting to decline, says Mass. Department of Public Health”

The two adults, two children and one infant were all stable as of Friday morning.

20, 46 people in SC have died from the flu, including 17 in S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's last reporting week alone (Jan. 14-20). "In the worst cases, our bodies' immune systems can react such that it can cause complications and sepsis, with respiratory and organ failure".

Dr. Billy Beets, chief medical officer for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health, said his department is seeing the largest number of flu and flu-like sickness cases it has treated in recent memory. "They are the first school to receive the notification because they have slightly more", Boyd said.

Doctors can prescribe an antiviral medication for the flu that reduces the severity and length of the disease, decreases the risk of complication, and reduces the risk of death among hospitalized patients, particularly in those who start treatment early in their illness.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccine each year. "It's impacting our entire health care community, including all emergency rooms and outpatient care facilities".

In that week, there were 470 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported by 50 hospitals, according to DHEC virologic surveillance data.

Two more people in the Tri-City area have died of the flu.

State officials recorded 33 deaths last season and more than 1,200 hospital visits.

"Public health influenza vaccination clinics are available at county health departments, medical providers and pharmacies throughout the state", she said.

Sumter has seen 255 cases.

The number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma hit close to home this past week with the death of Muskogee Public Schools counselor Susan Jean Roberts. "People of all ages, ranging from the young to the elderly, are being impacted".

Dukes said the state continues to urge residents who have not yet had their flu shots to get them.

"We want to stress there is a rise in the last several weeks nationwide, and we want folks to get vaccinated if possible", said Patrick Boyd, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County.

"When there are high levels of the H3N2 strain circulating, there tends to be more severe illness and a higher number of deaths", Foo said.

A woman in her 80s from Franklin County and a man in his 70s from Benton County bring the total to eight local flu deaths so far this season.



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