Child From Upper Peninsula Dies From Flu

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And it brings the state closer to the total number of cases reported for all of 2017, which was 25,973 cases.

Atrium Health said it deployed its mobile hospital, MED-1, to Atlanta to provide much needed beds to Grady Memorial Hospital because the Georgia hospital is now challenged with construction on hospital grounds, which has reduced its bed count amid a higher-than-expected patient volume due in part to the flu season.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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"We have to make these decisions about the vaccine some six-seven months before the vaccines are actually used", Webby said. The previous three flu seasons never rose above four percent. The rate of hospitalization is the highest since the CDC began tracking flu-related hospitalizations in 2010.

During this busy flu season, it's the ninth or 10th time the hospital has opened its flu clinic, Barbera said. The ages of deaths range from 1 to 101. The MDHHS reports that this virus can cause severe flu infections in children, as well as in young- and middle-aged adults.

There are many ways to prevent yourself from getting the flu; take the seasonal shot, cover your mouth and nose with tissues when sneezing or coughing. However, concerns about this year's shot and its effectiveness have steered some from getting one. Fevers are rare, as are complicating factors and other related illnesses.

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DHEC continues to urge individuals to get a flu vaccine to help curb the influenza virus.

"While all influenza viruses undergo changes when they are grown in eggs, changes in (H3N2) viruses tend to be more likely to result in antigenic changes compared with changes in other influenza viruses", the CDC said. The others were also from influenza A viruses, but the tests did not determine whether they were H1N1 or H3N2, he said.

S.W.in Wise; Scott County Health Department at 190 Beech St., Gate City Tuesdays through Friday; and the Lee County Health Department, 134 Hill St., Jonesville, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. She confirmed flu activity increases in October and peaks in early February, to use disinfectant wipes and be aggressive about hand washing.

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