NC health department confirms 23 flu deaths so far this season

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Past year in January, the practice tested 268 patients and saw 107 positive results with Influenza B being the most common.

"In most influenza seasons, the deaths are clustered among the very old and very young", infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

So far, across the state, there have been nine flu-related deaths during the current flu season.

That's the message from B.C.'s top doctor as flu season continues, and this one has hit a bit differently than in years past. In Greene County, the most recent reports show 362 confirmed flu cases with 267 of those reported in the past month.

There have been seven outbreaks in long-term care facilities investigated and seven schools across the state reported more than 10 percent absenteeism due to illness since the start of the flu season on August 30.

The flu season in Iowa this season is widespread, meaning "there's a fair amount of activity", Pedati said. "This year, we're not seeing quite the severity or quite the volume of people effected".

Of those 391 deaths, 290 were people age 65 and older and seven were children under the age of 18.

Influenza has an abrupt onset, typically with a fever or chills, muscle or body aches including a headache and fatigue.

"Influenza is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization", Warner wrote.

Due to the seriousness of the flu in some cases, the South Heartland District Health Department recommends people take precautions to prevent the spread of germs.

"Coughing in your sleeve, washing your hands frequently, and then if your child's ill, keep them home until they're well".

As for whether this season has been weaker than others, Henry says it depends on how you look at it, pointing out younger people are better able to fight the virus.

First, he says, people should get a flu shot, especially the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.

The current influenza vaccine is still considered to be a good match for the influenza viruses that are circulating. South Heartland District Health Department can answer questions about where to go to be vaccinated if a local provider isn't accessible.

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