12 more flu deaths reported bringing season's total to 276

12 more flu deaths reported bringing season's total to 276

12 more flu deaths reported bringing season's total to 276

Last week, health officials said the flu season peaked in early February and has been fading ever since.

Seven people died of the flu last week in CT according to the Department of Public Health's weekly report.

Despite some improvement in flu statistics, health officials urged the public against complacency.

North Carolina still has widespread flu activity, and has almost a dozen more weeks in the season to go. The rules ban children from patient rooms and limit the number of visitors to two adults at a time.

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Experts advise everyone to avoid people with flu-like symptoms, get the flu vaccine and wash hands frequently, cover your mouth and go to the doctor if symptoms occur.

Yet twice a year, every year, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) bets on the flu - which virus types are likely to dominate in the coming season?

A total of 2,273 patients have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu between August 27, 2017 and March 3, 2018.

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"You just need to walk in and ask for a free flu shot", the release states. Of the victims, 91 were age 65 or older, 12 were ages 50 to 64, and five were ages 25 to 49.

The study, which spanned 13 countries in Europe, Central America, and Asia, was conducted during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 flu seasons in the Northern Hemisphere and 2012 to 2014 flu seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.

A phase 3 trial of GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK's) quadrivalent (four-strain) flu vaccine (Fluarix Tetra) in children ages 6 to 35 months not only found high efficacy against moderate-to-severe flu, but also a reduction in health utilization indicators, such as antibiotic use, clinic visits, and parental work absences.

The most recent national statistics show CT is among 45 states where flu is considered widespread this year.

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Nationally, the disease is "widespread" in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

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