Those cases resulted in between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year. Between December 10 and December 23, six people died from the flu.
Twelve of those deaths were in Alberta Health Services Calgary Zone.
The Health Department is asking children not visit for the protection of our patients, hospital staff and the children themselves.
“The season started, first of all, very early”, Achebe said. Healthy people can typically recover from the flu in less than two weeks with rest, fluids and pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen, but antivirals can help prevent more serious complications, like pneumonia.
H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the United States in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.
More people are reaching for those cough lozenges, over-the-counter medications and tissues as influenza sweeps through the region, and experts say that might get worse after holiday gatherings.
Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus that is spread through the air.
In addition to the child, 11 adult flu-related deaths have been reported in North Carolina this season, which began October 1.
At this time in 2016, only four deaths were attributed to the virus, they said Wednesday.
In addition to getting the flu vaccine, practicing good hygiene such as washing hands, covering one’s cough, and staying home when sick can prevent those around you from becoming ill.
Arnold says the IDPH is still recommending a flu shot, even though it may not be as effective as in years past.
The Ontario health ministry’s most recent public report on the prevalence of influenza-like illness shows a “moderate” level of activity in the Thunder Bay District and in several areas of southern Ontario.
The uses data from the website’s “symptom checker”, in which as many as 4 million people a month report their own symptoms.