Health officials expect Minnesota flu cases to rise

Health officials expect Minnesota flu cases to rise

Ahmed says Windsor-Essex's flu figures are lower than the current Ontario average as well, but it's important to understand that the peak of flu season is still to come.

Here's what you need to know.

Around this time in 2016, 54 people were in the hospital with the flu.

"Speculation is so hard throughout the whole season, particularly as it's really getting started", said Dr. Joan Baumbach, the deputy state epidemiologist for New Mexico.

A total of 416 influenza-related deaths have occurred to date in Missouri.

The flu season is now considered to be widespread in NY and California.

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Immunization has been one of the most effective weapons against many maladies.

The flu can be spread from person to person when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.

"That's an easy way to check on people, and it means a lot", Rinaldi said. The virus circulates globally and affects all age groups.

While vaccine effectiveness can vary, the CDC says recent studies show vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 to 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well matched to the vaccine.

Clinicians are bracing for a potentially harsh flu season this winter.

Lamont said the flu cases were seen as early as September, but confirmed cases have skyrocketed every day over the past 10 days.

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But with H3N2 raging this year, another common-sense tactic may prove just as worthwhile, if not more so.

A total of 303 cases were reported during the week ending on December 1, and 204 cases were reported during the week ending on November 25.

The majority of the hospitalizations and deaths in Canada have been among adults 65 years of age and older. If someone had caught the flu previously, they could have full or partial immunity to new flu viruses.

The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu-like illnesses increased 38 percent in the past week and now stands at 359 for the season, according to the state's flu tracking report released Thursday.

Officials with the South Dakota Department of Health say a Day County resident in their 70s has died from the flu.

One particularly worrisome strain of flu-H3N2-continued to cause most of the illness seen last week.

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