New Flu Related Child Deaths In Minnesota

Medical experts warn about new flu strain emerging

There are likely still several more weeks of flu season left, she noted.

The CDC also reported 10 more influenza-associated pediatric deaths, 7 of which were associated with influenza A viruses and 3 of which were associated with influenza B viruses. Statewide, over 5,000 cases have been confirmed.

Last week, 22 new people were hospitalized with the flu, according to the Spokane Regional Health District's weekly report, and three died.

At this point previous year, the flu had already claimed 214 lives in Washington, Wood said. "We're still at the peak of flu season".

"So. we know. the time delay between the first case and the second case puts it outside the range of possibility of being related to each other, direct person-to-person transfer". The CDC estimated this year's shot as 25 percent effective against H3N2, 67 percent against H1N1 and 42 percent against flu B.

The influenza virus causes an infection in the respiratory tract, or nose, throat and lungs.

"The Haverhill Public Schools' community continues to offer its support and assistance to Golden Hill School students, parents and staff as they cope with the tragic passing of a first grader", Scully said in a prepared statement. "This year seems to be a worse than normal match", he explained. "The vaccination is definitely more effective against other strains of influenza".

Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to predominate within the USA and CT although influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B viruses are also being reported.

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The encouraging portion of the news, however, is that H3N2 is an A virus, which has led to this season's most severe cases.

But 36 percent is still a very low rate, raising questions about the usefulness of having the flu shot.

Even with reduced effectiveness, the vaccine is worth getting.

Though the numbers sound grim, they're actually slightly better than expected based on data published by Canadian researchers which suggested that the vaccine was only about 17 percent effective against the H3N2 strain. To view a map of local health department locations and contact information visit www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/localdepartments.html.

A flu warning sign and a hand sanitizer station now greet visitors in the lobby of Cooper University Hospital in Camden as the hospital deals with an unusually busy flu season.

Harris said flu activity this season has dramatically increased. Given the current VE estimates, vaccination will still help prevent flu illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. It also prevents the spread of flu to at-risk groups, like the old, the young, and those with compromised immune systems. The child had experienced flu-like symptoms including fever and difficulty breathing.

Jennifer Thomas, nursing director and administrator at the Mason County Health Department, said flu season can begin as early as September and last as long as April.

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