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Health officials warn of widespread flu cases

Health officials warn of widespread flu cases

In the previous season, 219 people died in North Carolina from the flu.

"We again urge the public, particularly children, the elderly and chronic disease patients, to observe strict personal, hand and environmental hygiene", a spokesman for the CHP, according to news release from the Hong Kong government.

"We need to be prepared, alert and flexible".

One woman died in November and the other died last month.

"If you're at high risk or have symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, can not drink fluids, or have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever or worse cough, seek emergency medical care immediately", Dr. Christ said. That's one of the easiest ways for the influenza virus to make its way into your body.

"Most of the things that provide symptomatic relief are probably OK", Townes says.

If you drink alcohol, only drink in moderation.

Healthcare providers say it's hard to distinguish between common cold and influenza.

The flu bug hasn't gone dormant, but Saskatchewan isn't experiencing a "pandemic" either.

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When it comes to how the developers missed the mark with the vaccine, it's largely due to doctors at the World Health Organization having to try to predict what strains of the flu will be prominent in an upcoming flu season. However, more people being vaccinated means more protection in the community, limiting the spread of the virus.

While there are no official figures documenting the exact number of deaths it is thought that between 20 million and 50 million lives were lost.

As the flu spreads across the country, Greater Williamsburg has not been spared.

At that time there was no vaccination to protect against flu.

Sentara family medicine and internal medicine practices have the vaccines for $75 out of pocket, but individuals without insurance can get the shot for $37.50, according to Sentara spokeswoman Kelsea Smith.

The dominant influenza A strain is H3N2, a nasty virus that tends to infect the elderly in greater numbers, with concurrent circulation of a B strain, a type that typically causes less severe illness.

Flu symptoms come on fast.

If you're sick, chances are you're most contagious during the first few days of the illness, but some people remain symptomatic and contagious for much longer, depending on their immune system.

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