First case of flu confirmed in the city

Desiree Burns
January 5, 2019

The H1N1 strain tends to cause milder illness than H3N2, the predominant strain during last year's particularly severe flu season, and vaccination tends to be more effective against H1N1 than H3N2. "That you will catch the virus, and I have talked to many pharmacists and they say that's not true".

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting "widespread" flu activity, which is the highest level the state gives for the virus.

So far, 8 people in Pennsylvania have died from the flu this season. Children are more vulnerable than adults to influenza and respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia. There have been 1,884 lab-confirmed cases of the flu in this region, making up 40 per cent of the total 4,634 cases across Alberta. This season started a bit more slowly and it's not picking up as fast as past year, Brammer said.

"The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years.

In addition, a pain-free nasal spray vaccine is also available for children and youth aged 2 to 17 years".

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Flu vaccinations aren't ideal but will reduce your chances of becoming ill.

Dr Kevin Kelleher, the HSE's Assistant National Director for Public Health said the strain had been identified in up to four people who had died and is likely to be discovered in more patients in the coming wees.

The first laboratory confirmed case of the influenza A virus has been reported in the Greater Sudbury area, Public Health Sudbury reported Wednesday afternoon.

Alberta Health Services describes the vaccine as a good match, and measures the efficacy of it throughout the season. "Getting the flu vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting influenza".

People hope the numbers will slow down in the new year.

The highly contagious respiratory virus can cause fever, cough, muscle aches and fatigue.

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