2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

A syringe contains the flu vaccine at Tri City Health Partnership a free health clinic in St. Charles that provides services for those who are uninsured or underinsured

2 more die of Swine Flu at SKIMS, toll rises to 27

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the outbreak of the Influenza-A H1N1 that occurred at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School has ended.

In Dallas County, 18 flu-related deaths have been reported this season, according to WFAA.

Ohio's current flu season is following a trend that is similar to the state's 2014 to 2015 season.

California is one of the 49 states that reported either regional or widespread flu activity, excluding Delaware.

"We're seeing a pretty large spike in cases over the last two weeks", Jennifer Roth, the department's Epidemiologist said. The flu season typically begins in November and ends around April. At this time a year ago, there were 834 total cases, with 282 in the final week of December.

"It is with great regret that I am informing the community of these deaths from influenza", stated Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County Health Officer.

The state's top health official is encouraging Hoosiers who haven't gotten a flu shot to get one.

Regardless of current gripes or criticism you might hear regarding the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, get a shot anyway.

National media outlets are reporting that the flu virus is less effective than usual this year, which could be a cause of the severe season. "Recognizing the early symptoms of this disease and consulting your healthcare provider, so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza, is advice that could lessen the severity of the disease for you".

The CDC says some parts of the country, especially in the south, may be reaching the peak of flu activity.

To make matters worse, some pharmacies are dealing with temporary shortages of flu medications, due to demand.

"The biggest thing is that if we are asking those people to stay home if you're having any signs of coughing, sneezing, fever, diarrhea, runny nose, and any of those under the age of 14 just to refrain from visiting our facility at this time", said Cory Unverferth, Manager of Infection Prevention for Mercy Health St. Rita's. "However, if the next person that walks in is sicker than you, they will go first". Antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.

Schneider also said that this year happens to be the 100-year anniversary of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that killed 20 to 50 million people worldwide.

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