Five dead from flu-related illness in Sask. since Sept.: SHA

Henrietta Strickland
January 18, 2020

Experts say that's because it's impossible to separate people with flu from people who search online about it - due to the media and public attention present during outbreaks.

"I don't really understand this", Gunzenhauser said in an interview. To date, 39 children in the United States have died from the flu this season, 28 from the influenza B strain of the virus. The highest rate of hospitalization is among adults aged 65 and older (47.6 per 100,000), followed by children aged 0 to 4 years old (34.4) and adults aged 50 to 64 (23.2).

Overall, the flu remains most deadly for the elderly.

There were f 203 flu-related deaths in the state past year, the department says, and there were more than 9,000 positive cases of the virus reported.

Those who have flu symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat, are asked not to visit at all, and they should stay home from work or school to prevent its spread. According to the province, more and more people are getting vaccinated.

"Influenza B is predominating this season", Dabby said.

"It's a bit unusual in that sense", said Shahab, noting that the B strain can affect younger people more severely. Of those illnesses, an estimated 9 percent were hospitalized.

"We've definitely seen quite a rise in children presenting with flu", Pannaraj said. Flu is widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, up from 46 states the week before. Last season, influenza caused between 37.4 million and 42.9 million ailments and somewhere in the range of 36,400 and 61,200 passings, as indicated by primer information from the CDC. The flu season is considered to run from October through May and typically peaks in January or February.

Officials recommend the flu shot for anyone over 6 months old.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box says the flu season is well underway and she expects it will likely get worse in coming weeks.

"We have been seeing, over the last few years, an increase in vaccination rates in all age groups, especially in seniors", Dr. Saqib Shahab said, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer.

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