Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

State Dept. of Health: Flu Deaths Statewide 50 as of Jan

State Dept. of Health: Flu Deaths Statewide 50 as of Jan

Sinus and ear infections are examples of moderate complications of flu, but a frequent serious complication, particularly in people with chronic lung disease, is pneumonia.

Emergency rooms in Hamilton are over capacity, as local hospitals feel the strain of flu season spreading through the city. That's almost double the number of flu fatalities than the previous week. "Why exactly it is changing faster than the other ones I don't know".

The agency says the South and the West are getting hit the hardest right now. Another influenza B virus subtype also is circulating.

Green said flu season is peaking a little earlier this year, meaning officials have seen more cases of it earlier than usual.

"Which they collect flus from all over the state, all over 50 states which they use to help create the flu vaccine for the following year", said Hoffman. In the United States, it is 40 to 60 percent effective in an average season.

"If we understand the biological basis of what's going on we can develop therapeutic strategies to potentially help those people in the event they are infected with another pandemic strain", said Miller.

Experts have blamed the increase in flu cases this season on the H3N2 strain of influenza A, which has more severe symptoms than ordinary flu cases.

Children are considered highly vulnerable to the disease.

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According to the SD Department of Health, there are 753 confirmed influenza cases, 30 new influenza-associated hospitalizations and Six influenza-related deaths in the state so far this season.

"We have to do better and by better, we mean a universal flu vaccine", said Dr. Anthony Fauci with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most family physicians, pediatrician offices, primary care clinics and pharmacies offer the influenza vaccine. Check the Vaccine Finder website at for a location near you.

In California alone, 43 people under the age of 65 have died, most of whom were un-vaccinated adults, the California Department of Health told Business Insider. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.

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"They have weakened immune systems".

The hallmarks of flu are fever and body aches that accompany cough and congestion, Bergen said. But, there are some things you can't control as easily, like where you live or work.

The CDC is working with manufacturers to redirect the drugs.

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