First flu-related death in Dallas County

Lawrence Kim
December 17, 2017

For the first time this season, the flu is now considered to be widespread in NY and California, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

A Walgreens employee holds a syringe during a free flu shot clinic at Allen Temple Baptist Church on December 19, 2014 in Oakland, California. The Delawarean, who was infected with influenza A, lived in a long-term care facility and had multiple underlying health conditions.

The Ohio Department of Health this week announced that flu activity across the state is increasing.

Other Central Illinois hospitals have not yet enacted visitor restrictions, but Bloomington-Normal medical providers have told The Pantagraph that they are treating more patients with flu and flu-like symptoms.

Fifteen people died from the flu a year ago, compared to the six deaths in the previous season.

Some of the data points to a typical flu season so far: the strain of the flu known as influenza A is still the most prevalent type, as it's been throughout the season. At this time a year ago, there were 42 confirmed cases and 15 hospitalizations, health officials said.

Koenig went on to say that while no vaccine can be guaranteed 100 percent effective, "a study published earlier this year in a pediatric journal shows that flu vaccination can significantly reduce a child's risk of dying from influenza".

Federal and state officials are pushing flu shots more urgently than ever because Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned about a form of the flu that has caused a huge number of illnesses and deaths in Australia. "This is true any time of year but especially during flu season".

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