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Children's deaths from flu rise sharply amid signs that season may be hitting plateau

In the U.S., flu has killed 22 more children, the most reported since the virus began slamming the country in the fall, according to a government report released Friday. The total number of flu-related pediatric deaths is now at least 84 nationwide. But other indicators from the CDC suggest that a vicious influenza season may finally be starting to plateau. It’s not clear whether this flu season, which started early and has remained intense, has hit its peak. Officials and experts say that even after the worst is over, several more weeks of flu activity should be expected, even into spring.
17th Feb 2018 - The Washington Post

Flu Season May Be Slowing, But Is Still Serious

18th Feb 2018 - The Wall Street Journal

CDC: Flu activity still high, deaths in kids climb to 84

18th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP

Flu Now Blamed for 84 Child Deaths This Season, CDC Says

17th Feb 2018 - KTXL

22 More Kids Died From the Flu Last Week, the CDC Says

17th Feb 2018 - Time

Flu season shows first signs of slowing

17th Feb 2018 - UPI.com

Flu kills 22 more children, bringing toll to 84 kids as worst season in a decade continues

17th Feb 2018 - USA Today

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

17th Feb 2018 - WebMD

Flu Claims the Lives of 22 More Children

17th Feb 2018 - P&T Community

We Could Be Turning the Corner on the Flu

16th Feb 2018 - Bloomberg

FluView Week 6: Influenza Remains At An Elevated Level

16th Feb 2018 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Flu now blamed for 84 child deaths this season, CDC says

16th Feb 2018 - CNN

Massachusetts confirmed flu cases top 10,000; triple last year

Laboratory confirmed flu cases in Massachusetts since October 2017 now stand at 10,929 -- an increase of 2,777 from the previous week, , according to the state Department of Public Health's Weekly Influenza Update. Last year's year-to-date total of confirmed cases at this point in the flu season was 3,329. While some regions of the state saw some decreases in influenza activity, hospital admissions for influenza related illnesses increased significantly.
17th Feb 2018 - MassLive.com

Flu slows down in Central Florida but far from over

The flu activity could be slowing down in Orlando, Florida — at least for the past week — according to local urgent care providers and family physicians. “I think we’ve seen the worst of it,” said Dr. Timothy Hendrix, medical director of Florida Hospital Centra Care urgent care. “Numbers have leveled off and even declined a bit in the past two weeks. But we are still seeing twice as many patients as we did the same time last year.”
17th Feb 2018 - Orlando Sentinel

Winter flu claims 92 lives so far with 320 hospitalised

In Ireland, the number of deaths directly attributed to the flu virus rose by 22 over the last two weeks. There were 320 people with flu symptoms hospitalised last week and 57% had the B virus, according to the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre. There were 129 patient flu sufferers admitted to critical care. The current vaccine does not offer full protection against the B virus.
17th Feb 2018 - Irish Examiner

112 flu deaths since Sep inc 11 kids

In Italy, some 112 people including 11 children under the age of 14 have died of influenza since September, the Higher Health Institute's (ISS) Flunews service said Friday. Two pregnant women also died, Flunews said. Some 588 cases were severe enough to be treated in intensive care units. In the last week, the sixth in 2018, there have been 12 severe cases of flu and one death.
17th Feb 2018 - ANSA

28 more flu-related deaths reported in Indiana, 195 in total

Indiana saw 28 more people die from the flu last week, bringing the total number up to 195 deaths. Those numbers are for the week ending on Feb. 10. At this point last year, there had only been 13 flu-related deaths in Indiana. The season ended with 103 deaths. The vast majority of deaths this year come from people 65 years or older, with 150 deaths.
17th Feb 2018 - WNDU

Ohio flu update: "One of the worst strains" in a decade or more

More than 10,000 Ohioans have now landed in the hospital because of the flu this season, according to new state data released Friday. And there a couple months to go before the illness typically subsides for the season. Also, the number of people reporting flu-like-illnesses to doctors continues to rise, trending up three weeks in a row and climbing more than 18 percent during the reporting week ending Feb. 10, the Ohio Department of Health reported.
17th Feb 2018 - Dayton Daily News

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TN reports 8th child death from flu; health departments urge free shots at Friday clinics

Another Tennessee child has died of flu complications, the Tennessee Department of Health reported Thursday. That brings the statewide total of pediatric deaths associated with flu to eight for the 2017-2018 flu season — three in East Tennessee, five in Middle Tennessee — plus one pregnant woman in Middle Tennessee.
15th Feb 2018 - Knoxville News Sentinel

More than 20 SC flu fatalities reported in past week, death toll hits 128 this season

This flu season continues to inflict severe damage in South Carolina. In the past week, the number of reported flu-related deaths has continued to rise, as 22 more deaths have been reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
15th Feb 2018 - The State

First child flu death among 153 now recorded as Oklahoma sets new modern record

The number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma has hit a modern record with 153 so far this season, with the first child fatality recorded for the year. A total of 3,440 people have been hospitalized statewide for the flu, including 871 in Tulsa County, between Sept. 1 and Tuesday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
15th Feb 2018 - Tulsa World

Flu-related deaths up to 77 in Connecticut

A total of 77 people have now died as a result of the flu in Connecticut. The Department of Public Health released new data on the virus's statewide statistics on Thursday. It said in addition to the 14 more deaths from last week's number, a total of 1,638 patients were hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu between Aug. 27 and Feb. 10.
15th Feb 2018 - WFSB

Flu kills 17 more people in North Carolina

Seventeen more people have died from the flu in North Carolina last week as the statewide total has reached 165 since Oct. 1. The update was issued by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday afternoon. It is significantly lower than the 39 reported deaths for the previous week. This flu season is one of the worst in years and is approaching the 218 total flu deaths reported last year in North Carolina. By comparison, the state reported 59 flu-related deaths in the 2015-16 flu season.
15th Feb 2018 - News & Observer

Colorado influenza season has peaked; state on course for record hospitalizations

The influenza season in Colorado likely has peaked. But there’s still plenty of flu going around, and the state is on a record-setting pace. Through Sunday, Feb. 10, the total number of Coloradans hospitalized with influenza this 2017-18 season is 3,306, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment. The state record for influenza hospitalizations came in the 2014-15 season, with 3,397.
15th Feb 2018 - The Denver Post

Flu has killed 5,400 people in France since the start of the epidemic

In France, new figures show that since it began in December, the flu epidemic has killed 5,400 people. In almost 90% of cases, the deaths are of people over 65 years old. The epidemic is slowing down however
15th Feb 2018 - BFMTV.COM

Flu outbreak continues to peak in Florida and the Suncoast

The Florida Department of Health Recommends getting a flu shot; recent numbers say flu activity is increasing sharply in all regions of the state with 61 of the 67 counties reporting increased cases of the flu. Sarasota and Manatee counties are still seeing moderate activity. Sarasota County's Disease Intervention Program Manager Michael Drennon says the flu shot even this late in the game may be your best bet.
15th Feb 2018 - WWSB

GPs remain under pressure as flu rates begin to fall

Consultation rates for influenza-like illness fell in England, Scotland and Wales in the week up to 11 February, but rose very slightly in Northern Ireland. The consultation rate was 34 per 100,000 patients in England, compared with 43 per 100,000 the week before. This remains well above the medium intensity threshold of 24.2 per 100,000 patients. The number of cases was also more than 2.5 times higher than the same week in last year’s flu season, when the rate was just 12.3 per 100,000 patients.
15th Feb 2018 - GP Online

N.S. sees spike in flu-related deaths in February

There have been eight flu-related deaths in Nova Scotia over the past week, and health officials say it may be the result of an abnormal influenza season. “We have both of mix of influenza A and B at the same time. Usually we get influenza A first and then towards the end of the flu season we get B. This year we're getting both together,” said Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Robert Strang.
14th Feb 2018 - Atlantic CTV News

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Number of flu cases in each county, as NJ explodes past last season total even before peak

New Jersey’s flu season has yet to peak as officials have confirmed an additional 3,600 new flu cases in the past week and the second flu-related pediatric death in the state this season. Following the 6-year-old girl’s death, health officials reminded the public that they should get a flu shot, despite its poor performance this season against the H3N2 virus
14th Feb 2018 - NJ.com

Influenza B Making a Surge in the United States

While influenza A viruses, particularly H3N2, have caused the majority of illnesses in the severe flu season of 2017-2018, health officials are reporting a nationwide rise in influenza B viruses, which can lead to some catching the flu twice in the same season
14th Feb 2018 - Contagion Live

Flu Deaths Reach New High In San Diego County

In the U.S., another 20 people in San Diego County died from the flu last week, bringing the total number of deaths this season to 251, health officials said. "Influenza activity continues to be widespread and, unfortunately, more people are dying from the flu," said Wilma Wooten, the county public health officer. "People should continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures to prevent getting sick."
14th Feb 2018 - Patch.com

Flu cases continue to rise in state

The New Mexico Department of Health reports the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico. NMDOH reports 28 flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia related deaths in adults so far in the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase. “We encourage New Mexicans to continue to take simple precautions, such as washing your hands regularly and staying home when sick, to avoid the spread of the flu and if you haven’t already, get your flu shot,” said Dr. Michael Landen, New Mexico State Epidemiologist.
14th Feb 2018 - Deming Headlight

Influenza activity remains high in northern hemisphere: WHO

Influenza activity remains high in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, with a few countries reaching levels exceeding those of previous years, the World Health Organization warned, adding that the best prevention remains vaccination.
14th Feb 2018 - Xinhua

Over 180 patients test positive for swine flu in twin cities

In Pakistan, as many as 180 patients in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have so far tested positive for influenza virus (swine flu) while at least two patients had reportedly died from the virus. Influenza patients are also facing problems owing to a shortage of relevant medicine in the market.
14th Feb 2018 - The Express Tribune

Flu Fears Spread in China Ahead of Lunar New Year Holiday

Chinese health authorities said the worst influenza season in recent years was straining the country’s resources and some experts warned that the Lunar New Year holiday, when hundreds of millions of Chinese go on the road, could make things worse. Mr. Feng, of China CDC, said the government needs to step up efforts to administer flu shots, especially to the elderly, pregnant women and children. One of the reasons for China’s low coverage is that the shots aren’t among government-provided vaccines and must be paid for out of pocket
14th Feb 2018 - Wall Street Journal

Unusually harsh flu season — blamed for 130 deaths in Canada — now at 'peak levels'

The flu is at “peak levels” across Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. There are signs the numbers are levelling after an unusually harsh flu season with increased deaths, a spike in children needing emergency medical care, and “widespread” infection throughout British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. Roughly half of the nearly 35,000 cases have been among senior citizens, but the proportion of children hospitalized is increasing, to well over 500 across Canada.
13th Feb 2018 - Edmonton Journal

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Special education teacher on life support with flu after giving birth

A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza. Crystal Whitley got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members said. But she caught both the H3N2 and H1N1 flu strains two weeks ago. Then she came down with pneumonia in both lungs and contracted MRSA
13th Feb 2018 - WLS-TV

Mother-of-five teacher, 35, who was hospitalized with the flu just four months after giving birth is now on life support "after contracting another strain in the ward"

12th Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

H1N1 influenza kills 21 people in Algeria

The H1N1 influenza has killed 21 people in Algeria, a local health official said on Tuesday. "Our services confirmed that as many as 21 people aged between 4 and 65 were killed by swine flu virus of H1N1," Djamel Fourar, Director of Prevention at Health Ministry, was quoted as saying by state TV.
13th Feb 2018 - Xinhua

Swine flu on the rise in Islamabad

As many as 17 cases of swine influenza infection were reported at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), which resulted in the death of two other patients admitted in the hospital in the last two days. In January, 23 people died due to swine influenza in different cities of Punjab.
13th Feb 2018 - Daily Times

Arkansas Flu Deaths Climb to 140

Another 15 people have died from the flu in Arkansas in the last week. The Arkansas Department of Health's weekly flu report issued on Tuesday is for the week ending Feb. 10. The report shows that to date, 140 influenza-related deaths have been reported in Arkansas this flu season, 137 among adult persons and 3 pediatric deaths. The total last week was at 125.
13th Feb 2018 - Arkansas Matters

Flu cases on the rise in Philadelphia area

The number of influenza cases being reported across the Philadelphia area is exploding. Doctors across the region are reporting a huge spike in the H3N2 strain of the flu, also known as Type A, and it is packing a punch. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there have been 26 influenza-related deaths last week alone.
13th Feb 2018 - WPVI-TV

U.S. Hospitalization Rates Due To Flu Have Increased Alarmingly

The U.S. is being ravaged by its worst flu season in years. The intensity of the current outbreak has surprised experts and the infection rate stands at about eight percent, as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. Back then, 60.8 million Americans contracted the virus of which 274,304 were hospitalized and 12,469 died. As bad as that outbreak was, the 2014-2015 flu season was far more lethal with 710,000 people hospitalized and 56,000 dying, according to the CDC. Worryingly, the rate of hospitalizations is the highest the CDC has ever recorded at this point in the U.S. flu season.
13th Feb 2018 - Forbes

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Almost 26,000 people fall ill with flu and acute respiratory infection in Kyiv over past week

Over the sixth week of 2018, 25,831 people fell ill with flu and acute respiratory infection in the city of Kyiv. The epidemic threshold has not been exceeded.
12th Feb 2018 - Ukrinform

Flu refuses to wane, has now killed 66 in Georgia

Georgia’s flu-related death toll this season now stands at 66, with two confirmed child deaths, according to the state’s Department of Public Health. The agency total means that 15 more deaths in the state were confirmed during the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, the latest for which figures are available. Nationally, 10 more flu-related deaths were reported in children as of that week, bringing the total number of kids who have died of flu-related causes to 63 for the season
12th Feb 2018 - Northwest Georgia News

State: 6 die of flu, record 995 cases in week

Six Delawareans died of the flu in one week, and 995 flu cases were confirmed in the same seven days, making it Delaware's highest weekly total, state health officials said. The flu season has yet to peak, they warned. More flu-related deaths have probably already occurred but the state doesn't yet know it because of the time it takes hospitals to alert the state, said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health during a press conference on Monday.
12th Feb 2018 - The News Journal

Twenty-eight flu-related deaths reported in New Mexico

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health report the number of flu-related illnesses and deaths continue to increase across New Mexico. Twenty-eight flu-related deaths and 100 pneumonia-related deaths in adults were reported to date in the 2017-2018 flu season. Flu-related hospitalizations, especially in those aged 65 and older, continue to steadily increase.
12th Feb 2018 - Ruidoso News

Flu virus has killed thousands in just one week with the death toll set to rise and Tamiflu shortages being reported across the country

In the U.S., CDC statistics show 4,064 Americans died from the flu or pneumonia during the third week of the new year, while the illnesses were responsible for 1 in 10 fatalities in the first week of February. The flu scare has also left pharmacies running low on Tamiflu. Several states have seen a drastic increase in prescription volume.
12th Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

CDC: 14% of all Texas deaths related to flu

According to the most recent CDC report for the last week of January, ten percent of all deaths in the U.S. were related to the flu. The number was even higher in Texas, with 14 percent of the deaths during that period being flu-related. Experts still recommend getting the flu vaccine to reduce the chances of hospitalization or death due to the virus.
12th Feb 2018 - KHOU

Fifteen flu deaths likely just the tip of the iceberg, health officials say

At least 15 people have died from the flu in Ottawa this winter, but public health officials say that is likely just a fraction of the actual number. Given changes to the way flu is being tracked and reported in the province this year, more timely numbers are not available. One of the aims of the system is to help prepare for a flu pandemic. But the information available is as much as six weeks out of date, which makes it less useful as a preventive tool.
12th Feb 2018 - Ottawa Citizen

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14-year-old girl dies after getting the flu

A freshman at a California high school has died after contracting the flu, CBS Los Angeles reports. A spokesperson from the all-girls Catholic school would not confirm whether the flu had spread to other students, or potentially how many. According to the Ventura County Star newspaper, health officials say 35 people died of the flu in Ventura County so far this season. Of the victims, only six were under the age of 65.
11th Feb 2018 - CBS News

Flu deaths reach a high, but outbreak shows signs of easing

10th Feb 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Flu Is Causing 1 in 10 American Deaths and Climbing

In the U.S., the levels of influenza-like illnesses being reported now are as high as the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009, and exceed the last severe seasonal flu outbreak in 2003 when a new strain started circulating, said Anne Schuchat, the U.S. CDC’s acting director. The agency reported another 10 deaths among children this season, bringing the total to 63 so far. Half had no other medical conditions that would place them in the high-risk category, and only about 20 percent were vaccinated.
10th Feb 2018 - Bloomberg

Flu kills up to 4000 Americans a week, causing one in 10 deaths

11th Feb 2018 - Stuff.co.nz

Flu outbreak has killed at least 63 children: CDC officials

11th Feb 2018 - WABC-TV

Flu-like illness in US reaches 2009 pandemic levels

10th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP

This flu season is the worst in nearly a decade — and it's not getting better

10th Feb 2018 - USA Today

US flu season now as bad as 2009 swine flu epidemic

10th Feb 2018 - The Guardian

Flu still on the rise, hospitalizations high, CDC says

10th Feb 2018 - CNN

CDC Reports 16 New Pediatric Flu Deaths

10th Feb 2018 - Contagion Live

Flu season is breaking records, CDC says

10th Feb 2018 - NBC News

10 More Kids Have Died This Flu Season — And We May Not Have Reached the Peak, CDC Says

10th Feb 2018 - TIME

First week of February was deadliest in state for flu season

9th Feb 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. flu outbreak worsens, likely to linger for weeks: CDC

9th Feb 2018 - Reuters

Texas Teacher Contracts Both Strains Of Influenza, Put On Life Support

In Texas, a woman named Crystal Whitley, 35, is on life support after contracting both strains of the flu virus (H1N1 and H3N2), ABC-affiliated WFAA reported. Despite getting a flu shot in October after giving birth to her youngest son, Whitley still contracted the flu that has so far claimed the lives of several people across the country.
11th Feb 2018 - International Business Times

The flu continues to spread across Germany

Sudden high fever, dry cough, headache and a strong sense of illness: the flu is spreading among the people in Germany. Last week, doctors reported 15,188 cases to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) that diagnosed the virus in the lab. Thus, the number of sufferers reached by far the highest value since the onset of the flu epidemic in December, as shown by the current weekly report of the RKI . In twelve percent of cases, the patients had to go to the hospital. In addition, outbreaks were reported in schools and kindergartens, hospitals and rehabilitation centers last week. The number of deaths has risen to 70 since December. Four out of five were at least 60 years old. In addition, however, there were also several deaths in infants .
11th Feb 2018 - Der Spiegel

Reported deaths break record: Influenza continues to hammer Oklahoma

With new cases being added every day, influenza is debilitating many Oklahomans and their families, leaving businesses short-handed and schools forced to close due to rampant sickness. Health officials say 15 flu-related deaths have occurred among people aged 18 to 49, but that most of this season’s flu-related fatalities have occurred among people 50 or older, including 89 victims who were 65 or older. So far, there have been no reported deaths for anyone 17 or younger in Oklahoma.
11th Feb 2018 - Shawnee News Star

Flu activity rising in West Virginia

State health officials say flu activity in West Virginia has increased overall for the sixth consecutive week. Influenza-related hospitalization rates for the season have skyrocketed. West Virginia has had two pediatric flu-related deaths. There have been 53 pediatric deaths nationwide.
10th Feb 2018 - West Virginia Metro News

Italy looks like it has passed the peak of the flu epidemic

Health data is starting to suggest the flu has peaked in terms of the number of cases in Italy, even if in the South due to the cold season arriving a little later than normal the flu seasons could still be prolonged in this region. Data reported by health authorities in Veneto and elsewhere, indicate that the level of new flu cases is beginning to decrease, a sign that Italy may be about to see a steady decrease in numbers as they fall in coming weeks
10th Feb 2018 - Stilopolis

Fifteen flu deaths likely just the tip of the iceberg, health officials say

At least 15 people have died from the flu in Ottawa this winter, but public health officials say that is likely just a fraction of the actual number. Given changes to the way flu is being tracked and reported in the province this year, more timely numbers are not available.The deaths were among hundreds of people who became ill with flu-like symptoms during outbreaks at long-term care homes, retirement homes and hospitals across the city.
9th Feb 2018 - Ottawa Citizen

Flu-related deaths in California surpass 150 as worst season in years continues its toll

New influenza cases are dropping across California, but deaths continue to rise in the Golden State as this season’s mighty wave of flu maintains its grip locally and on the nation, state health officials announced Friday. Last week, 36 more people in California died of flu-related illnesses, or six more than the week before, making it the deadliest week so far this season. That brought the number of flu-related deaths to 163 statewide, but doesn’t include those who are 65 years old or older, according to the latest data released by the California Department of Public Health.
9th Feb 2018 - Los Angeles Daily News

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Eagles parade could be a powder keg for flu in state where 91 have died, experts warn

"We know that whenever a large group of people congregates, there is significant chance to spread viruses and other infections, especially those spread through aerosols (cough/sneeze droplets)," Dr. David Cennimo, an epidemiologist at Newark's University Hospital and a professor of medicine at Rutgers University Medical School, said in an email.
8th Feb 2018 - NJ.com

Health Officials Say 129 People Have Died of Flu in Oklahoma

Oklahoma health officials say the state has recorded 129 influenza deaths this season — just one fatality shy of the state's record death toll — and about 3,000 people have been hospitalized with illness. Health officials say 89 people aged 65 or over are among this year's victims, more than any other age group. A total of 15 people aged 18-49 and 25 people aged 50-64 have also died due to the flu this season.
8th Feb 2018 - U.S. News & World Report

Baltimore's Flu Severity Level Among Worst In US: Report

The Baltimore region is a national flu hot spot, with one of the most severe levels of influenza in the U.S., according to a new report analyzing national doctor office data. The Charlotte area and the Minneapolis-St. Paul region are tied for being the worst metro areas in the nation this week when it comes to influenza, said Doctors Report. The findings are based on the website's and mobile app's Illness Tracker that compiles doctor diagnosis data reported during a seven-day period
8th Feb 2018 - Patch

Flu in Wales Update: Flu Prevention Urged as Cases Remain High

Cases of influenza in Wales have fallen this week from their peak last week, but remain at high levels. In the week ending 28 January 2018 the number of people diagnosed with influenza-like illness in general practices in Wales was 53.0 out of every 100,000 population, down from 74.7 per 100,000 the previous week. More people in Wales have had a flu vaccine this year than ever before, with over three quarters of a million in target groups vaccinated so far and 20,000 vaccinated in January alone.
8th Feb 2018 - Business News Wales

Dozens more people die from flu in North Carolina

The number of people who have died from the flu continues to spike in North Carolina. The state Department of Health & Human Services says 34 people died last week from the virus, while there were 20 deaths the week before. To date, 140 people in the state have succumbed due to the flu. Of those, 97 were 65 or older, 33 ages 50-64, six ages 25-49, three ages 5-17 and one younger than five.
8th Feb 2018 - WITN

Pediatric flu death confirmed in Michigan, first of flu season

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2017-2018 flu season. Nationally, there have been more than 50 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported during the 2017-2018 flu season. “It is not too late to get vaccinated,” Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS said in a statement.
8th Feb 2018 - The Oakland Press

106 have died from the flu in SC. But state residents usually skip the flu shot

More than half of South Carolina residents tend to skip the flu shot, a new study shows. So many skip the shot, that the Palmetto State placed above the U.S. average, coming in at 61.1 percent, according to a study by Insurance Quotes. On Wednesday, the state’s health agency announced that 22 more people had died of the flu in South Carolina this season, bringing the total number of deaths to 106. The majority of deaths – 77 – were of seniors who are 65 and older.
8th Feb 2018 - The State

Flu season is raging on Maui

So far, Hawaii has not been seeing widespread flu activity this season when compared to Mainland states, but anecdotally there was a spike of cases in December and high numbers last month, according to health officials on island. There also has been an uptick in vaccinations. Across the state, Kaiser Permanente has administered 9,070 flu shots in the two weeks ending Tuesday.
8th Feb 2018 - The Maui News

What you need to know about this year’s unusual winter flu surge in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, since the start of the year, more than 120 people, including two children, have died from serious flu complications in an unusually intense seasonal outbreak that is expected to last a few more months. At least 96 of them were aged 65 or older. Medical experts expect the peak of the current type B flu outbreak to last at least a few more months, but are already warning of another surge on the horizon, this time, involving the more common influenza A virus, leading to the dangerous phenomenon of “double peaks”.
8th Feb 2018 - South China Morning Post

More flu deaths reported in NH

So far, 20 New Hampshire residents have died from the powerful strain or flu-related complications. The total includes seven residents whose deaths were included in the report last week. So far, all the victims have been adults. This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to release a comprehensive collection of data on whether flu shots helped reduce the frequency of hospital visits. Officials said that only then will they know how effective the vaccine has been this season.
8th Feb 2018 - WMUR Manchester

Flu deaths rise above 200 in the UK as NHS suffers through second-worst month on record

In the UK, the number of people killed by the flu this winter has risen to above 200 but new cases of the bug are "stabilising", new figures reveal. In the last week there have been 22 new flu-related deaths - taking the overall figure this year to 215, figures confirmed today. Richard Pebody, acting head of the respiratory diseases at PHE, said: "We are continuing to see flu circulate, with signs that flu activity is stabilising. "Rates of vaccination across all those eligible for the vaccine have increased on last season and we have vaccinated an additional one and a half million people."
8th Feb 2018 - The Sun

Student with flu died after parents followed NHS warnings not to go to A&E over Christmas

In the UK, an engineering student with flu died after her parents heeded NHS warnings not to go to A&E over Christmas unless it was an emergency. Melissa Whiteley, 18, was admitted to hospital on Christmas Day after failing to shake a cough and while suffering from flu symptoms. She deteriorated rapidly and she was placed in a coma, suffering from sepsis, flu, pneumonia and a fungal infection in her throat.
8th Feb 2018 - Telegraph.co.uk

Flu update: 25 new deaths announced as case rate increases

Even though it looks like it may have peaked in late December, San Diego’s flu season showed Wednesday that it has staying power. And health officials are keeping a watchful eye should there be a flareup. The county could find no record of vaccination for two-thirds of the 231 flu-related deaths this year. More than 95 percent had other underlying medical conditions that contributed to their deaths.
8th Feb 2018 - San Diego Union-Tribune

Instead of peaking, flu cases in Maine jump 63% from previous week

Last week saw a dramatic rise in the number of new flu cases and hospitalizations in Maine, adding to what already has been one of the worst years in nearly a decade. There were 876 new cases of influenza, a 63 percent increase over the previous week, as well as 120 new hospitalizations and five deaths attributed to the flu.
8th Feb 2018 - Portland Press Herald

High flu rate continues to put pressure on GPs

Consultation rates for influenza-like illness rose in Wales in the week to 8 February, from 53 per 100,000 patients to 55.1 - and the country remains in the highest category on the European 'moving epidemic method' scale. In England, the GP consultation rate for flu dropped from 52 to 43 per 100,000 - but cases remain more than three times above the baseline threshold that indicates raised circulation of flu in the community.
8th Feb 2018 - GP Online

GP consultation rates fall as flu activity decreases

GP consultation rates have fallen as flu activity has decreased despite fresh outbreaks of influenza, Public Health England revealed today. The weekly report from PHE and RCGP showed that that the GP consultation rate had dropped from 52.1 per 100,000 in the week previous, to 43 per 100,000. The report also established 95 new acute respiratory outbreaks compared to 174 in the previous week, 71 of which were in care homes. Eight outbreaks were reported in hospitals and 15 were seen in schools
8th Feb 2018 - Pulse Today

10,000 cases: Flu outbreak in N.J. continues to surge

The flu is continuing to spread rapidly in New Jersey, with 3,000 additional cases reported in the state in the past week, pushing the total to more than 10,000 for the season, according to the latest statistics from the New Jersey Department of Health. One pediatric death has also occurred from a flu-related illness this season in New Jersey.
7th Feb 2018 - nj.com

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Flu still going strong in Switzerland

After reaching a second peak, the flu epidemic in Switzerland is now starting to slow down, even though the under 4s are still being particularly affected. The last time a flu epidemic reached two peaks was 2003/2004
7th Feb 2018 - Swiss Info.ch

Influenza remains widespread in Switzerland

7th Feb 2018 - Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Flu Scan for Feb 06, 2018

Flu activity is still high in the Northern Hemisphere's temperate-zone countries, with a few countries now reporting hospitalization and intensive care unit admission levels that top previous seasons, the World Health Organization said in its latest global flu update. Adults ages 65 and older are the hardest hit groups in both Canada and the United States. Elsewhere in North America, flu activity is on the rise in Mexico, much of it from H3N2.
6th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP

Flu count continues to rise in Pa., N.J., and Del.

This past week, Pennsylvania counted almost 9,000 cases of the flu. That’s up from the week prior, when 8,000 people were tallied. There were also 26 flu related deaths. In part, that’s because this year’s vaccine may not have been as effective as in years past. But scientists and doctors are still recommending it because even though the vaccine may not work to prevent people from getting the flu, it can prevent it from becoming fatal.
7th Feb 2018 - Whyy.org

Health experts sound caution over H1N1 outbreak

In India, experts with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program and the National Institute of Virology which has an affiliated laboratory at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases said Bangalore witnessed a spike in H1N1 cases in 2017 due to a mutation in the virus known as the Michigan Strain. Data collated by the Health and Family Welfare department till February 5, 2017, shows there were 107 positive cases of H1N1 reported from the city with 1 death. This year, the number is 3 positive cases with no deaths, but experts say it is too early to predict a fall in the numbers.
7th Feb 2018 - Bangalore Mirror

Doctors say 3 strains of influenza around during intense flu season

In the U.S., a deadly flu epidemic continues to rage from coast to coast, and officials said the epidemic hasn't even reached its peak. There are also three major strains of the flu circulating and people have the chance of getting the flu three times this season.
7th Feb 2018 - KABC-TV

Influenza-related deaths reach 100 in Kentucky

The Department for Public Health said Kentucky has 100 flu-related deaths from the flu epidemic. At least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases, officials said. This season’s H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well, according to public health officials.
7th Feb 2018 - Ledger Independent

A 38-Year-Old Weatherford Teacher Has Died From Flu Complications

A second-grade teacher in Weatherford, Texas, died Sunday following complications from the flu. Heather Holland, who was 38 years old, started to feel sick last Monday and went to a doctor who prescribed her Tamiflu Wednesday. But she did not buy the Tamiflu, originally believing it was too expensive, and only started taking it once her husband purchased it for her a day later. She ultimately died from septic shock
7th Feb 2018 - Time

Influenza - the number of new cases has increased significantly again

In the past week, the number of new cases has again increased significantly. In Vienna, according to the municipal influenza reporting service, about 13,700 new cases were registered. That was an estimated 1,100 more than the week before. "Influenza virus activity continues to be high in Austria, and we have seen another increase in influenza virus detection this week, with influenza B viruses (70% of circulating influenza viruses) still prevalent, as well as influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 viruses (23 percent), "reported the Diagnostic Influenza Network Austria (DINO) recently in a press release.
7th Feb 2018 - Der Standard

2 confirmed pediatric flu-related deaths in Alabama

The number of flu-related deaths in the state of Alabama drastically jumped in just the last week. This season the flu has even taken the lives of two Alabama children. According to Dr. Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health, now that adult cases are being recorded they expect the flu-related death numbers to increase each week.
8th Feb 2018 - Fox 10

NYC officials stress importance of vaccinations after 2 kids die from the flu

The New York City Department of Health is speaking out after two children died from the flu. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said many people are still not getting vaccinated, putting themselves, their children and others at risk.
8th Feb 2018 - WABC-TV

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Nationwide there has been four flu deaths this winter

Since the beginning of the influenza season in Lower Saxony, four influenza-affected people have died. Frequently, the flu does not lead directly to death, but in conjunction with other underlying diseases it sometimes can, said a spokeswoman for the State Health Office in Hanover. The seasonal flu outbreak is as pronounced as it has been in previous years. Last week, the agency registered 681 new influenza cases nationwide, which were confirmed by laboratories. Overall, there have been 1,535 cases since the start of the flu season last October. The flu season is expected to reach its peak in February
6th Feb 2018 - T-online.de

Flu wave is easing: government

In Macau, the Health Bureau said that the number of influenza patients seeking treatment at the public Conde de Sao Januário Hospital Centre has decreased over the past week. The statement said that the ratios of residents and schoolchildren having received flu vaccinations are among the highest in Asia, adding that more than 70 percent of pupils in the city’s kindergartens and primary schools have had their seasonal flu shots.
7th Feb 2018 - Macau News

State: Flu kills Sussex man, cases "skyrocket" to 650 in 1 week

Health officials say Delaware's flu season is "skyrocketing" as it killed a fourth person this season and 650 cases were confirmed in one week alone. The number of flu-related hospitalizations in Delaware has also doubled, going from 158 this time last year to 398 so far this season. Federal and state officials are pushing flu shots more urgently than ever because the CDC is concerned about a strain of the flu that has caused a huge number of illnesses and deaths in Australia.
6th Feb 2018 - The News Journal

Flu remains widespread as vaccination are becoming harder to find

Mississippi is still having a widespread outbreak of influenza. Now doses of flu vaccine is running low for those under 65 years of age and those over 65 get a more potent vaccination. No one knows when this long influenza season will peak, so the CDC says it is not too late for adults and children to get the flu shot, adding the vaccination may now provide some relief.
6th Feb 2018 - Mississippi News Now

Flu cases in New Brunswick up by 572 over same time last year

New Brunswick has seen 572 more cases of the flu so far this season than the same time last year, with 160 more hospitalizations and eight more deaths, Department of Health statistics show. The province is also dealing with a double whammy of simultaneous strains this season, and a vaccine that's less effective than previous years. Still, the province's acting chief medical officer of health is encouraging people to get the flu shot.
6th Feb 2018 - CBC.ca

Canada's Deadly Flu Outbreak Is Getting Worse With Death Tolls Still On The Rise

Canada continues to fight off a serious flu outbreak that has claimed as many as 120 lives so far this year. The heightened severity of this year’s flu season is partly due to a less people having received a flu shot this winter, as well as the lower effectiveness of the vaccine altogether. Canada’s flu shot, which is the same one used in Australia, was only found to have 10 per cent effectiveness in warding off the two strains.
6th Feb 2018 - Narcity

Canada's flu season has been a "rough ride" — and it's not over yet

6th Feb 2018 - Globalnews.ca

Mum's heartbreaking warning as son, 12, dies from flu and sepsis

In the UK, a devastated mother is urging parents to spot the warning signs after her son died of deadly sepsis. Dylan Day, 12, passed away after developing the dangerous infection, which was triggered by a strain of influenza B.
6th Feb 2018 - Metro

Switzerland reports swine influenza A(H1N1)v virus case in farm worker

A 48-year-old Swiss male farm worker tested positive for swine influenza A(H1N1)v virus, the WHO reports. Samples from the swine at the farm where the case worked also tested positive for influenza A viruses, and are currently under characterization. No additional human cases related to this event were reported.
6th Feb 2018 - Outbreak News Today

Hong Kong flu spread: Timely interventions required

In Nepal, flu casualties have been reported more in rural areas due to lack of medicines and prompt health services. In fact almost all flu patients in Jajarkot and Kalikot died due to lack of lifesaving medicines and health care providers. Samples from patients were sent to the National Public Health Laboratory, Kathmandu to identify the cause of the outbreak. Influenza virus A (H3N2), commonly known as “Hong Kong Flu”, was found to be responsible
6th Feb 2018 - Himalayan Times

Ontario avoiding the severe flu season overwhelming parts of the U.S.

While health officials in the U.S. are struggling to cope with their worst flu season in a nearly a decade, Ontario is having a busy, but not overwhelming year so far. Not only is flu fairly localized — with different strains dominating in different regions — but a more effective health system can lessen the impact of seasonal influenza. Recent research has found that this year’s flu vaccine is a poor match — less than 20 per cent — with the circulating strain of Influenza A, but a better match — about 55 per cent — with the circulating B strain.
6th Feb 2018 - Ottawa Citizen

CDC: Hawaii now 1 of 42 states with highest flu activity

The flu epidemic is getting worse across the U.S. — and Hawaii is now among the states where flu activity is the highest. State Health Department officials say there has been a recent spike in the number of patients going to the hospital with flu-like symptoms. This marks a significant shift in flu activity in Hawaii, which had been the rare exception to an epidemic spreading across the country even in the early weeks of the flu season.
6th Feb 2018 - Hawaii News Now

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Weekly flu report says isles among worst-hit states

The number of patients visiting the hospital for influenzalike illnesses has been on the rise, and now places Hawaii in the same category as most of the nation for flu activity, according to the state Health Department. Hospital visits in Hawaii have reportedly spiked just as the CDC reported that 16 more children in the U.S. died from the flu over the past week, bringing the total pediatric flu-related deaths to 53 this season. Since the flu season began in early October, Hawaii had been an exception to reports of high flu activity in most states.
5th Feb 2018 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Flu cases in New Brunswick rise to 738 with double whammy of A and B strains

New Brunswick has seen 572 more cases of the flu so far this season than the same time last year, with 160 more hospitalizations and eight more deaths, Department of Health statistics show. But the season started much earlier than usual — the first week of October instead of the end of December, stressed department spokesman Bruce Macfarlane.
5th Feb 2018 - CBC

More than 50 now dead from flu in Georgia, including more young people

This year's ferocious flu season has now claimed the lives of more than 50 people in Georgia and resulted in more than 1,000 hospitalizations in the metro-Atlanta area alone, according to the latest data released from the Georgia Department of Public Health. At this point in the season a year ago, only 332 people had been hospitalized from flu in Georgia, and only two people had died, both over 65 years old.
5th Feb 2018 - Ledger-Enquirer

Girl, 7, dies of the flu just hours after she was sent home from hospital

A seven-year-old girl has been killed by the flu in Indiana less than a day after being sent home from the hospital. Savanna Jessie tested positive for influenza B, strep throat and scarlet fever after her death. The first grader was taken to the hospital the night before she died and was treated but it is unclear if she had gotten her flu shot
5th Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

One of the busiest ER doctors in the US talks about this year’s deadly flu, kids

One of the busiest emergency rooms in the U.S. at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey, has seen a huge surge of patients coming in with the flu. The chairman of emergency medicine, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, said the hospital has seen that kids are especially hard hit. “This year, the big difference is the flu vaccine,” Rosenberg said. “We’re seeing more people come in who had the flu vaccine who now have the flu.”
5th Feb 2018 - KTIC Radio

Health authorities stay alert against flu

In Vietnam ,the Ministry of Health has issued an urgent notice asking health departments to strengthen their measures against flu, with the number of flu patients rising. Deputy minister Nguyễn Thanh Long acknowledged that the flu was spreading in several localities. Health departments should work closely with veterinary agencies and relevant units to detect and handle any flu outbreaks among poultry, and to tightly control the trans-border sale and transportation of sick poultry, to prevent virus transmission to people.
5th Feb 2018 - Viet Nam News

Govt says 28 died of H1N1, 31 says SKIMS

The J&K government and SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura on Monday gave out contradictory statements regarding the number of deaths due to swine flu in Kashmir this season so far. While the health Minister Bali Bhagat quoted 28 deaths due to the viral disease, SKIMS’ official statement puts the death toll at 31.
5th Feb 2018 - Kashmir Monitor

News Scan for Feb 05, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) said a Swiss man was diagnosed with variant H1N1 (H1N1v) influenza after coming into contact with infected swine. This case was noted in the WHO's monthly report on flu at the animal-human interface. On Dec 20, the 48-year-old farm worker presented with acute but mild respiratory symptoms. A nasal swab was obtained and the virus analyzed and partially sequenced was closely related to European avian-like swine influenza A (H1N1), according to the WHO. Swine housed on the farm tested positive for the virus. This is the sixth year Switzerland has reported swine influenza A (H1N1) in humans. Past years included 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2016.
5th Feb 2018 - CIDRAP

Flu epidemic less lethal this year in France

In France, the flu epidemic has been less lethal this year, killing around 2,850 people compared to 14,400 last year. Although it is not over yet, the peak is now behind us. Most of the flu-related deaths have been among the over 65s (90%). The lower mortality seems to be because the main strain circulating is H1N1, which is less dangerous than H3N2.
5th Feb 2018 - Le Parisien

Dijon: ill with the flu despite having been vaccinated

5th Feb 2018 - France Bleu

First picture of gifted schoolboy, 9, who is the 'youngest in the UK to die from flu' this winter as the killer outbreak claims at least 231 lives

In the UK, a heartbroken family have released pictures of their nine-year-old son, believed to be the youngest person to die from flu in the country this winter. Coby Simons, from Exeter, passed away on January 24 - two days after being struck down with the killer virus. The deadly flu outbreak has claimed at least 231 lives in the UK this winter, but is now on the decline as cases have peaked and are now 'stabilising'.
5th Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

The number of flu cases hit the highest levels for 20 years

A further 750,000 people are recorded as having been affected by influenza-like syndromes over the last week, making a cumulative total of about 5,529,000 cases since the start of flu surveillance.
5th Feb 2018 - Il Sole24 Ore

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16 more children dead from flu; peak still to come, CDC says

Sixteen flu-related deaths were reported Friday by the U.S. CDC in its weekly flu report. This brings the total number of pediatric flu-related deaths to 53 for the season, which began in October. "Our latest tracking data indicate that flu activity is still high and widespread across most of the nation and increasing overall," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, the acting CDC director. "So far this year, the cumulative rate of hospitalizations is the highest since we've been tracking in this way, which goes back to 2010."
3rd Feb 2018 - CNN

Influenza Continues to Spread, Claiming 53 Pediatric Deaths

3rd Feb 2018 - Precision Vaccinations

U.S. flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC

3rd Feb 2018 - Reuters

CDC: Flu Season Getting Even Worse, Especially For Children

2nd Feb 2018 - NPR

Flu worsens and it's still bad almost everywhere

2nd Feb 2018 - NBCNews.com

CDC reports more flu deaths, record hospitalizations

2nd Feb 2018 - CBS News

Hospitals Overflow as Flu Epidemic Spreads Unabated

2nd Feb 2018 - Bloomberg

CDC: 16 more children died from flu in last week

2nd Feb 2018 - The Hill

Flu numbers hit fresh highs: 16 new reports of child deaths from flu since last week

2nd Feb 2018 - ABC News

Flu spread is worse than ever: 53 children have died and hospitalization rate is still climbing despite outbreak easing in the West, CDC reveals

2nd Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

U.S. flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC

2nd Feb 2018 - Reuters

53 Children Have Now Died During This Year"s Flu Season—and It Could Get Even Worse

2nd Feb 2018 - Fortune

Flu remains a threat, with pediatric cases a key concern, CDC says

2nd Feb 2018 - Newsday

CDC: Flu still rising across US; 16 new pediatric deaths

2nd Feb 2018 - CIDRAP

Deadly North Korean flu virus infects 200,000 killing children days before Winter Olympics

In North Korea, state officials say there are around 200,000 infected by the virus which has so far claimed four lives, three of them children under the age of five. The WHO said 126,574 have been struck with flu-like symptoms while 81,640 are confirmed with influenza A. South Korea – hosting the Pyeongchang Games on Friday – confirmed 1,250 cases of A and B influenza virus. The nation is already getting to grips with its own outbreak of avian flu, which has been limited to birds but has resulted in the mass slaughter of chickens to stop it spreading.
3rd Feb 2018 - Daily Star

Swine flu sweeps N. Korea

4th Feb 2018 - Korea Times

HSE reveal children among 55 people to die from flu over the winter and warn that virus could stick around for up to ten weeks

In Ireland, health bosses have revealed that 55 people have died from flu over the winter season. New figures released by the HSE showed that the majority of people who died from the virus were over the age of 65. Less than ten children have died from the illness. It is an increase of 21 people from last week’s figure of 34.
1st Feb 2018 - The Sun.ie

Number attending GPs with flu-like illnesses highest since 2010

1st Feb 2018 - The Irish Times

State investigating 52 potential flu deaths

The Alabama Department of Public Health is looking into 52 adult deaths statewide that might be flu-related. The state health department began on Jan. 11 requiring care providers and others to report adult deaths that could be associated with flu. The state has tracked pediatric flu-associated deaths since 2005, but did not require health care providers to report adult flu-associated deaths before the Jan. 11 mandate.
4th Feb 2018 - Times Daily

Mass. doctors fear flu pandemic after over 1600 cases confirmed this week

In Massachusetts, Bay State doctors fear this year’s deadly flu season will explode into a full-blown pandemic — with influenza sickening 1,646 people just this week. U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey called on Congress to commit $1 billion toward the development of a universal flu vaccine to help wipe away the terrifying surge. “It’s less effective than some of the earlier vaccine matches,” Dr. David Hooper, Mass General’s chief of infection control, said of this year’s vaccine, adding that it has been “all hands on deck” at MGH, where there have been 90 documented cases of influenza of hospital staff since October.
3rd Feb 2018 - Boston Herald

Flu cases shoot up in second week of January

In Malta, flu cases in the second week of January were twice the highest number recorded in 2017 but were now on the decline, the health authorities said. According to data provided by the Directorate for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Malta had a flu vaccination uptake record this year. A total of 90,677 people had been inoculated by last month, up 28 per cent (19,928) over last year.
3rd Feb 2018 - Times of Malta

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the "Surge Tent"

In the U.S., the CDC reported Friday that flu hospitalization rates across the country were the highest ever seen at this point in the season since tracking began in 2005. Dr. Luther V. Rhodes III, Lehigh Valley Hospital’s chief epidemiologist, said he was frustrated by the flaws of the flu vaccine, which is expected to be only about 30 percent effective this year. “Even in a good year, it’s a C-plus, B-minus match, and even the high-test stuff for old people is a joke,” Dr. Rhodes said. “Tell Tony Fauci to stop saying we need a universal flu vaccine and just do it,” he added, referring to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “We need a Kennedy-esque go-to-the-moon project.”
2nd Feb 2018 - New York Times

Flu rates falling across England for first time this year

Flu rates in England are falling overall for the first time in 2018, according to figures from the Royal College of General Practitioners’ research and surveillance centre. But they added that some parts of the country are still seeing an increase in the number of presentations to primary care. Professor Simon de Lusignan, medical director for the RCGP’s research and surveillance centre, said: ‘Today’s figures show that rates of influenza-like illness presentations in general practice have flattened off, but Influenza B - the predominant strain - is still circulating, and we need to remain cautious about rates increasing again over the coming weeks.’
2nd Feb 2018 - Nursing Practice

Flu vaccine poor match for H3N2, leading to more illness this year

In Canada, if it seems like this is a bad flu year, it’s because we’re seeing clusters of influenza A and B and cough and cold viruses happening at the same time, said Dr. Saqib Shahab,Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer. Although this year’s vaccine match is poor, it’s still important to get the flu shot, he said. “Similar to 2014-15, it’s a year where we have a poor match of the vaccine,” he said. “We expect to see a bit more in terms of ICU admissions and, unfortunately deaths, than last year, when it was an H3N2 season, but with a better vaccine match.”
2nd Feb 2018 - Regina Leader-Post

New York governor: Flu season worsens each week

New York's historic flu season is continuing to worsen every week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said. Cuomo said the state confirmed more than 11,600 cases of influenza reported to the health department over the past week, with more than 2,200 people hospitalized. Cuomo last week declared a disaster emergency, allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children as young as 2 years old
2nd Feb 2018 - The Hill

CDC: Flu Hospitalization Rate "Highest We've Seen"

In the U.S., this year's flu season surpassed the last "high severity" flu season in terms of the rates of hospitalizations, with flu-related deaths and pediatric flu-associated deaths continuing to climb, CDC researchers reported. In fact, they said, it is possible that both the percentage of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations could reach or surpass other recent high severity flu seasons. Data from this week's FluView found that influenza-related cumulative hospitalizations rose to 51.4 per 100,000 -- the highest rate since CDC began tracking hospitalizations in this particular way in 2010.
2nd Feb 2018 - MedPage Today

Mom dies from flu after hospital sends her home

A day after being sent home from hospital with a diagnosis of flu, Tandy Harmon went back to hospital and was put on a ventilator. Three days later, the healthy 36-year-old was dead. Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt, said he wished there could be a coordinated effort to obtain blood samples from healthy young people, like Harmon, who die of the flu. "We would use our absolute best technology to find biomarkers in their blood that would point to some genetic or immune characteristics that make them different," he said.
2nd Feb 2018 - CNN

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Revealed: Children among 55 to die from flu this year as death toll rises

In Ireland, the death toll from flu this season has climbed to 55, new figures reveal. This is an increase of 21 victims in the space of a week. The majority of people who have died from the virus are over 65 years old, with a small number of fatalities among children. The good news is that the spread of flu is falling but so far it is a small decrease.
1st Feb 2018 - Independent.ie

HSE warn flu season not over yet; 55 deaths so far

1st Feb 2018 - Irish Examiner

55 people have died of the flu so far this season

1st Feb 2018 - The Journal.ie

Seasonal rates of flu 'stabilising', but still remain high

In the UK, seasonal levels of flu are stabilising, with fewer people consulting a doctor, Public Health England has said. But they "remain high", its adds in its latest weekly report. In week four, the agency said there were 52.1 GP consultations per 100,000 in England, compared to 54.1 per 100,00 in week three. The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene, Richard Pebody from PHE said, adding that vaccination rates had increased compared to last year. An additional one and a half million people have had the jab.
1st Feb 2018 - Sky News

Flu rates 'remain high but are stabilising'

1st Feb 2018 - Webmd.com

`Signs flu activity stabilising´, says public health body

1st Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

Greece reports 5 flu victims in a week; measles epidemic continues

Five patients died within the past week from complications after contracting the seasonal flu virus, the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) announced. The five victims, as well as a 79-year-old man who was the first recorded victim of influenza in Greece this season in November, had not been vaccinated, although five of them were in a population segment at high risk of flu complications
1st Feb 2018 - Xinhua

38 more people in South Carolina died from the flu; virus showing no signs of slowing down

Another 38 South Carolinians have died from the flu, the state health department reported Wednesday, bringing the total this season to 84 deaths in the state. To make matters worse, the latest flu report offers no evidence the virus is slowing down.
1st Feb 2018 - Charleston Post Courier

Flu Death Count In PA Rises To 65, 2 Children

Eighteen more flu-related deaths were reported in Pennsylvania during the most recent week for which totals have been released. That brings the total number of flu-related deaths this season in Pennsylvania to 65. The state's flu-related deaths now include two children and three young adults. Twelve people aged 50 to 64 have died, as well as 48 people aged 65 and older.
1st Feb 2018 - Patch.com

Flu cases in Arizona nearly at level of 2009-2010 pandemic

Flu cases continue to surge in Arizona, with the outbreak so far this season nearly as bad as during all of the entire 2009-2010 season when there was a global outbreak. The state Department of Health Services says the 1,454 cases reported the week of Jan. 21-27 raised Arizona’s total flu cases so far this season to 19,279. The total so far this season is dramatically higher than the 2,175 cases reported by the same point last year and about equal with the 19,906 flu cases reported during the entire 2009-2010 H1N1 flu pandemic.
1st Feb 2018 - Seattle Times

Three year old girl dies of the flu

In France a three year old girl has died from the flu, in the Savoie area. Almost 3,000 people are thought to have died from the virus so far this season. This is less than last season. Two regions were trialed for pharmacy based flu vaccinations, and this might be extended
1st Feb 2018 - Le Figaro

This is officially the most severe season & worst flu week Pennsylvania has had in years

Pennsylvania is in the grip of its most severe flu season in recent years, and this past week has been the worst so far, according to the Department of Health. Eighteen more deaths were reported statewide, bringing the season’s total to 65. Nearly 10,000 new flu cases were confirmed, raising the season’s total to 35,453 — though officials say confirmed cases represent only a small fraction of the total illnesses.
1st Feb 2018 - Lancaster Online

North, South Korea report flu outbreaks ahead of Winter Olympics

North Korea is facing a potentially deadly strain of seasonal flu. According to a report from the World Health Organization, North Korea documented 126,574 individuals with flu-like symptoms and 81,640 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) between December 1 and January 16.
1st Feb 2018 - CNN

To Deal With a Flu Onslaught, Emergency Rooms Expand Into Waiting Rooms

Emergency departments across the U.S. have been slammed in recent weeks by an onslaught of flu visits, forcing hospitals to devise new spaces to house patients, to restrict visitors and to postpone elective surgeries. NYC Health & Hospitals has seen a 40% increase in the number of people being tested for the flu compared with this time last year, according to Sean Studer, deputy chief medical officer of the group, which runs New York City’s public hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities.
1st Feb 2018 - Wall Street Journal

Flu rates high and still rising in parts of England

Official data confirm that the UK is currently undergoing its most severe flu outbreak since the start of the decade. However, in the week to 28 January flu rates fell in all four UK countries, but remain at a 'high' or 'medium' level on the official epidemic measurement scale. Acting head of the Public Health England respiratory diseases department Richard Pebody said: "Rates of vaccination across all those eligible for the vaccine have increased on last season and we have vaccinated an additional 1.5m people."
1st Feb 2018 - GP Online

Flu death toll hits 231 in the UK: Killer outbreak is 'stabilising' across the UK as NHS tells doctors to freeze all flu vaccine orders

The flu death toll in the UK has now reached 231, latest statistics shows as officials claim the killer outbreak is now 'stabilising'. New infections have fallen across the UK, with the number of people reporting flu-like symptoms having halved in the space of a week. It comes as GPs across England have been ordered to freeze all flu vaccine orders until clinical evidence for the jabs are re-evaluated by officials.
1st Feb 2018 - Daily Mail

Flu: Warning as cases double in Lancashire - with alert issued over "deadly consequences"

In Lancashire, UK, the number of people going to see their GP with flu symptoms has doubled in recent weeks, sparking a warning from health bosses. People most at risk of catching the virus have been urged to get themselves vaccinated – before they fall seriously ill.
31st Jan 2018 - Blackpool Gazette

Potential AL flu-related deaths climb to 53; 1 child death confirmed

The Alabama Department of Public Health released new data showing an increase in the number of potential flu-related deaths it is investigating since Jan. 11, the day Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state public health emergency. The figures for non-pediatric deaths have climbed from 44 a week ago to 53 at the end of January. ADPH is looking at medical records for each case to confirm the diagnoses. There has been one confirmed flu-related pediatric death since Oct. 1.
31st Jan 2018 - WSFA

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Flu season similar to last year according to DPHHS

State health officials report that the flu season in Montana has been similar in severity to last year. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reported 2,530 cases of flu as of Jan. 20. More than 350 people in the state have been hospitalized and 20 have died. Eighteen of the deaths were among people 65 and older. Montana has not yet seen any child flu deaths this season.
31st Jan 2018 - KPAX-TV

Health Officials: 4-Year-Old NJ Girl Dies From The Flu

Health officials in New Jersey confirm that a 4-year-old child has died from the flu, the state’s first flu-related pediatric death this season. The girl from Central New Jersey died in December and had not received a flu vaccination, according to health officials. At least 19 states have reported one pediatric death this flu season and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu has claimed the lives of 37 children nationwide.
31st Jan 2018 - CBS New York

4-year-old girl is New Jersey's first flu-related death

31st Jan 2018 - Fox5NY

The flu killed nearly 3,000 people in France between the start of December and the start of January

In France, the flu epidemic has slowed down and figures show nearly 3,000 of the excess deaths between early December and early January can be attributed to the flu; 90% of the deaths are of people over 65. The final figures are expected to show less deaths than last year's flu season. Still, not enough people are getting immunised against the virus
31st Jan 2018 - FranceInfo

Flu thought to have killed almost 3,000 in France

31st Jan 2018 - Forum News

Flu kills nearly 3,000 people in France

31st Jan 2018 - La Provence

Flu less deadly than last year in France

31st Jan 2018 - Yahoo Actualites

15-Year-Old First Pediatric Flu-Related Death in Georgia

In the U.S., a 15-year-old girl from Coweta County has died from the flu. Richard Hawk, the Coweta County coroner, confirmed the 15-year-old passed away from Influenza A on Tuesday after succumbing to liver failure. Hawk said Molina did not have a flu shot and stressed the importance of getting one.
31st Jan 2018 - WFMY News 2

Flu cases continue to rise in Maine, but rate of increase hits plateau

Influenza cases continued to rise last week, but the rate of increase may be plateauing, according to statistics released by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. “We’re very concerned about the elderly and people with chronic conditions at home getting the flu. We have about 400 doses left of the vaccine so we thought we would use them,” Colleen Hilton, president of Maine’s Visiting Nurse Association, said. “It’s not too late to get a vaccine and try to limit your exposure to the flu.”
31st Jan 2018 - Press Herald

Flu deaths 94; governor joins call for shots

The flu-related deaths of 22 more Arkansans, including one child, were reported to the state in the past week, raising the death toll from this year's flu season to 94, state officials said Tuesday. The severity of this year's flu season prompted Gov. Asa Hutchinson to hold a news conference with state health officials, who urged Arkansans to get flu shots if they haven't already gotten them.
31st Jan 2018 - Arkansas Online

As flu death toll leaps to 37 in Georgia, officials plead for more to get vaccinated

This year’s flu season has now resulted in the deaths of at least 37 people in Georgia, including one minor, health officials said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. The deaths come in the middle of what has now become the most virulent and intense flu season since the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic, state epidemiologist Dr. Cherie Drenzek said.
31st Jan 2018 - The Telegraph

Flu reaches plateau in Quebec

In Quebec, there are twice as many cases of the flu this January than there were in January last year, and the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is being questioned. It is estimated the vaccine is around 10% effective against H3N2 and 40% against Influenza B. Children are often the way the virus gets transmitted to parents and grand-parents, who are more likely to suffer complications.
31st Jan 2018 - TVA Nouvelles

Mother-of-four is killed by the flu in three days after refusing to take Tamiflu "because her doctor warned it had dreadful side effects"

In the U.S., Amanda Franks, 38, was killed by the flu on January 17 after being diagnosed just three days prior. The mother-of-four from New Hampshire was prescribed Tamiflu but did not take it because 'the doctor said the side effects were a lot of times worse than the flu'
31st Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Taipei City strengthens influenza response as flu cases soar

With flu cases soaring, Taipei City Department of Health Commissioner Huang Shier-chieg urged hospitals and medical institutions across the city to strengthen response to the pandemic, activate facilitated diagnostic procedures, bolster influenza virus infection control, and ensure an adequate stock of antiviral medications for four weeks. The DOH said that between October 2017 and January 25, 2018, a total of 42 influenza cases with severe implications were reported, 40 of whom had not received vaccination against the disease
31st Jan 2018 - Taiwan News

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Influenza A kills 4 in North Korea: Red Cross

Four people have died and more than 81,000 have been infected with Influenza A (H1N1) virus in North Korea since last month, according to a report from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The North Korean vice minister of public health informed the World Health Organization office in Pyongyang of the outbreak of the flu on Jan. 19. North Korea has requested support for influenza vaccination for high-risk individuals, the IFRC said
30th Jan 2018 - Yonhap News

North Korea reports H1N1 influenza outbreak

30th Jan 2018 - Outbreak News Today

Flu Wreaking Havoc on Hospitals, Infection Control Practices Struggling

As the U.S. continues to battle a rough influenza season, the precarious situation has illuminated gaps in how we prepare and respond to infectious disease threats. The CDC reported that for the week ending in January 13, 6.3% of individuals who saw their health care provider did so for influenza-like illness. A total of 7 additional pediatric deaths were reported last week as well, bringing the case count up to 37.
30th Jan 2018 - Contagion Live

Tough flu season could kill tens of thousands

Millions of Americans are suffering from the influenza virus in what public health experts say is an unusually active and dangerous flu season, the result of several distinct strains of a disease that are likely to kill tens of thousands in the U.S. Tom Frieden, former CDC director, said he is concerned about a new strain of flu, H7N9, that is currently spreading through China. It is more lethal than either the H3N2 strain or the H1N1 strain, but it does not spread as easily among humans — yet. “The reason we worry about flu is that with just a couple of mutations it could present a risk of a global pandemic that could kill millions of people in a matter of months, before we could even develop a vaccine,” Frieden said.
30th Jan 2018 - The Hill

Texas Flu Deaths Reach 2300, Expected To Rise

There have been 2,300 flu deaths in Texas this season, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, and that number is expected to climb. While the 2017-2018 flu season is nearly half over, it doesn't show much sign of slowing down, and officials continue to encourage people to get a flu shot.
30th Jan 2018 - Texas Public Radio

Parent's plea as son dies of sepsis three days after flu diagnosis

In the UK, a 12-year-old boy died of sepsis just days after being diagnosed with flu. The parents of Dylan Day are now urging other families to look out for symptoms of sepsis to prevent other tragedies.
30th Jan 2018 - Liverpool Echo

Atlanta hospital deploys mobile unit to handle flu cases

As the flu epidemic overwhelms Georgia, one Atlanta hospital has set up a mobile unit to handle flu patients. News outlets report the specialized trailer outside Grady Memorial Hospital's emergency room has space for 14 beds, which the chief of emergency medicine at Grady Health System, Hany Atallah, hopes will relieve the emergency room by at least 100 patients a day. At least 25 Georgia residents have died of flu this season. Grady CEO John Haupert agreed to spend extra resources on care
30th Jan 2018 - ABC News

Flu epidemic spreads through Luxembourg

In Luxembourg, the flu is epidemic, and even though it's too early for a definitive tally of the number of cases, several thousands of people are thought to have caught influenza A or B this season. Dr Guillaume Fournier, of the National Health Laboratory, recommends getting immunised and says the flu vaccine seems pretty effective this year
30th Jan 2018 - L'Essentiel

Flu deaths continue to rise in Georgia

Flu activity continues to spread throughout Georgia. The number of flu-related deaths in Georgia has more than doubled, according to the state Department of Public Health. Twenty-five people have now died from the flu in Georgia. Last week the number of deaths was at 12. Georgia like the rest of the nation in being hit hard by this year’s predominant strain of the flu — H3N2.
30th Jan 2018 - Online Athens

Flu threat is nowhere near over

South Carolina has suffered 20 additional deaths attributed to the flu. The Department of Health and Environmental Control says 17 of the latest deaths occurred between Jan. 14-29. Five earlier deaths have just recently been attributed to the flu. Since October, health officials say 46 people have died from the flu in South Carolina. Hundreds have been hospitalized.
30th Jan 2018 - The TandD.com

Like Fevers, the Number of Flu Patients Is Rising

Thousands of Americans nationwide are grappling with what officials say is turning out to be the worst flu season in nearly a decade. And New Yorkers are falling ill, too. On the third week of January, there were 7,779 confirmed influenza cases and 1,759 people hospitalized in New York, the highest weekly numbers since the state began reporting them in 2004. The efficacy of this year’s flu shot has yet to be calculated for the H3N2 strain, but experts say it is about 30 percent. However, doctors recommend getting vaccinated even if the shot fails to prevent the flu.
30th Jan 2018 - New York Times

AR Flu Deaths Climb to 94, One-Third Had Shot

Deaths from the flu in Arkansas have climbed to 94. Of those, one-third had been vaccinated. That's what state health officials shared when they joined Gov. Asa Hutchinson to reveal complete details from the latest weekly flu report.
30th Jan 2018 - KARK

Flu epidemic has started

Prague is at the start of a flu epidemic, according to health experts. The number of patients whose laboratory tests have confirmed true influenza has been increasing. Children have seen the largest increase in infection. It is too late for flu vaccinations, as the shots weaken patients for two weeks before building up sufficient antibodies to prevent the disease. The Czech Republic has one of the lowest few vaccination rates in Europe, under 10 percent.
30th Jan 2018 - Prague.TV

Swamped Hong Kong hospitals to get HK$500 million to handle winter flu emergency

Hong Kong’s public hospitals are getting HK$500 million (US$64 million) in extra funding from the government as they struggle to cope with a deluge of winter flu cases amid a severe shortage of nursing staff. The high occupancy rate has been due to people coming down with flu. As of last Saturday, the close of the third week of the flu season, the Centre for Health Protection said “the overall admission rate in public hospitals with principal diagnosis of flu was 1.14 (per 10,000 people)”. This figure was “above the seasonal threshold of 0.20 and higher than 0.60 recorded in the previous week”.
30th Jan 2018 - South China Morning Post

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Aggressive, widespread flu strain is hitting Michigan schools, seniors hardest

Influenza cases have risen sharply across southeast Michigan, as a particularly aggressive strain of the influenza virus takes a toll on schools, nursing homes and health care facilities. Colleges and universities have pushed back by promoting immunization and offering pop-up flu clinics for quick and easy vaccinations.
29th Jan 2018 - Detroit Free Press

Flu activity nears 2009 pandemic levels, says CDC

The U.S. has experienced elevated flu levels for nine consecutive weeks, as of Jan. 20, according to the CDC's most recent update on the 2017-18 flu season. The average duration for the past five flu seasons was about 16 weeks. "So, by this measure, we are about halfway there this season," said Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, director of the influenza division in the CDC's National Center for Immunization. "That means we have several more weeks of flu to go."
29th Jan 2018 - Beckers Hospital Review

Flu epidemic: By the end 50,000 will be dead and it's kids who are spreading it

29th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

50,000 Americans Expected To Die By The End Of Flu Season

29th Jan 2018 - The Daily Caller

11 States Close Schools as Deadly Flu Spreads

29th Jan 2018 - CBN News

This influenza season is the worst in nearly a decade

29th Jan 2018 - Pharmacist.com

Virginia boy dies from complications related to flu, strep throat

A Virginia boy has died from complications related to the flu, according to published news reports and a statement from the child's family. Kevin Baynes Jr., a 7-year-old from Pittsylvania County, died at a hospital Sunday.
29th Jan 2018 - WHSV

Over 130 test positive for influenza in twin cities since November

In Pakistan, of the 686 suspected influenza patients from Islamabad and Rawalpindi, whose blood samples have been sent to the National Institute of Health for examination since November 2017, 133 have tested positive for the acute and highly infectious disease with mostly respiratory symptoms
29th Jan 2018 - The News International

Flu linked to record sick days, costing employers almost $10B

Employers across the U.S. are getting pounded as this year’s flu season continues to rapidly spread, claiming a record amount of lives as well as sick days, which could cost businesses nearly $10 billion. “Previous estimates pin the number of lost productivity to employers to about $7 billion, according to the CDC. We estimate the cost to employers will be over $9.4 billion, using wages and the number of employed,” Andrew Challenger, vice president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said
29th Jan 2018 - Fox Business

Over 81000 North Koreans now affected by flu: IFRC

The North Korean Ministry of Public Health has confirmed that more than 81,000 North Koreans contracted Influenza A and that four died from the illness between December and mid-January, an international humanitarian agency said in a report last week
29th Jan 2018 - NK News

Flu death toll hits 25 in Georgia, relentless season could be worst in years

At least 25 people have now been killed by the flu virus so far in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. That’s more than double the number of dead just a week before, when 12 people had been killed. The news comes after the CDC updated the nation on the current flu epidemic, saying it was now as intense as the punishing 2014-2015 flu season and rivaled only by the swine flu pandemic of 2009.
29th Jan 2018 - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

A new case of swine flu - a 50 year old in the resuscitation unit of a major hospital

In Italy, a man with H1N1 has been hospitalized for four days in the intensive care unit of the Sant'Andrea hospital. He has been bed-ridden since arriving at the hospital in a pharmacological coma. His condition is described now as stable by medical staff.
29th Jan 2018 - La Nazione

News Scan for Jan 29, 2018

An outbreak of 2009 H1N1 seasonal flu underway in North Korea since early December has led to 126,574 suspected cases, the country's health ministry informed the World Health Organization (WHO) on Jan 19, according to a Jan 26 bulletin from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Of the suspected cases, 81,640 have been confirmed as 2009 H1N1.
29th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

In Italy there are around 5 million cases of influenza - up to 8m are predicted

The number of Italians who have already been forced to take to their beds by the flu amounts to over 4,728,000, of which 794,000 came about duting the third week of 2018. These numbers are much higher than in recent years, comparable only to those of the years 2004/2005 and 2009, which characterizes it as the heaviest seasonal flu outbreak of the last decade. This is according to data published by the Influnet bulletin part of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS).
28th Jan 2018 - altamuralife.it

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US flu levels continue to climb as 37 kids' deaths confirmed

In the U.S., with seven more pediatric deaths reported last week and influenza-like illness numbers that are nearing those seen during the 2009 pandemic, the CDC said that this year's flu season will most likely be considered severe. "It's been a tough flu season so far," said Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, director of the influenza division at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "This season is now looking like 2014-2015 season, which was categorized as a high-severity season." The total of pediatric deaths has now reached 37.
26th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Flu widespread across US for third straight week

27th Jan 2018 - ABC News

CDC: This flu season worst since 2009 swine flu pandemic

27th Jan 2018 - The Hill

Flu widespread across US for third straight week

26th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

Flu still widespread in U.S., worst season since 2014/2015: CDC

26th Jan 2018 - Reuters

US buckles down for what may be the worst flu season in 15 years

26th Jan 2018 - Toronto Star

'Many more weeks' to come in fierce, deadly flu season, CDC says

26th Jan 2018 - CNN

Flu remains severe with several more weeks to go, CDC says

26th Jan 2018 - CNBC

Flu activity surges in US and Mass. to highest levels seen in years

26th Jan 2018 - The Boston Globe

This flu season is on track to be among the worst in nearly a decade

26th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

This Flu Season Is the Worst in Nearly a Decade

26th Jan 2018 - New York Times

US flu outbreak is worst since 2009 swine pandemic

26th Jan 2018 - BBC News

Flu Season From Hell Keeps Getting Worse

26th Jan 2018 - Bloomberg

Baby boomers now second-hardest hit group in severe flu season

The flu season is still getting worse in the US, with adults aged 50-64 being hospitalized for influenza-related illnesses at an unexpectedly high rate, the CDC reported Friday. “Baby boomers now have higher rates of influenza than their grandchildren,” said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
26th Jan 2018 - NBCNews.com

The Flu Killed 7 Children Last Week – but It's Hitting Baby Boomers Even Harder

27th Jan 2018 - TIME

Seasonal influenza has peaked with some 8 million Italians forecast to be infected eventually

In Italy, the flu season has now peaked and it is forecast that by the end of it, there would have been around 8 million people infected by the virus. Children under the age of 5 are being worst affected this season. Many of the vaccines given were of the trivalent type that covered three viral strains (A-H1N1, A-H3N2 and a single type of virus B), while only the quadrivalent vaccine provided coverage against the Yamagata virus. Flu activity is expected to continue for several weeks
25th Jan 2018 - La Stampa

Influenza season is seeing record numbers of cases

26th Jan 2018 - Corriere della Sera

Two more succumb to swine flu

In Punjab, two more patients succumbed to the killer virus H1N1 in Nishtar Hospital, raising the death toll from Swine flu to 32, hospital sources informed. Sources said that the health minister hoped that the outbreak would be overcome within the next two weeks.
28th Jan 2018 - The Nation

Flu Season Hits New York Early and Hard

New York’s flu season has come early and is more severe than it has been in recent years, according to new state data. Hospitals admitted 1,759 patients with confirmed cases of influenza the state in the week ending Jan. 20, the highest weekly total tallied by the state since at least 2004, according to the New York State Department of Health last week.
28th Jan 2018 - Wall Street Journal

Winter crisis over but wards dangerously full, NHS doctors say

NHS England said that hospitals could return to business as usual as beds become free and a flu outbreak eases. However, doctors said any respite may be temporary and should be used to deal with a severe bed shortage. The heads of half of England’s A&E units had previously written to the prime minister warning of patients dying in corridors as a result of safety compromises, while flu cases surged, causing 155 confirmed deaths.
27th Jan 2018 - The Times

Mother-of-two, 37, dies of flu three days after nursing her kids through the virus - despite all getting the vaccine

In the U.S., a mother-of-two has died just three days after being diagnosed with influenza. Karlie Slaven, 37, a university manager from Indiana, spent last week caring for her son and daughter as they battled the virus. But as they got better she started feeling sick. Her death comes amid one of the most active flu years on record, with an unprecedented rate of people with influenza this week.
27th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Macao government urges flu vaccination after fatal case

The government of China's Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) urged the public on Friday to take preventive measures and get vaccinated against seasonal influenza after the first fatal flu case was recorded this year. The SAR's first fatal case of influenza involved a four-year-old girl who had not received seasonal flu vaccination. She died of influenza A infection complicated with pneumonia
27th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

Schools Close as Flu Epidemic Spreads

In the U.S., schools in at least 11 states have closed as the worst flu epidemic in nearly a decade intensifies. One big factor in the intense transmission occurring this month may be the return of children to school after the holidays, CDC's Dr. Jernigan said. Around 60% of children under the age of 18 are vaccinated, he added. Among children aged 13 to 17, the rate is 46.8%, and among 5 to 12 year-olds, the rate is 61.8%. “The younger you are, the better your vaccine coverage,” he said.
27th Jan 2018 - Wall Street Journal

Flu death toll in Northern Ireland hits 11, but cases now falling: health agency

Eleven people in Northern Ireland have now died from flu, the Public Health Agency has said. Officials also recorded 64 flu-related admissions to intensive care. New data shows that the number of flu cases being presented in the first three weeks of 2018 in Northern Ireland was double the number from last year, but figures are now said to be declining. A PHA spokeswoman said that while "flu activity decreased last week", it still "remains at moderate levels"
27th Jan 2018 - Belfast Telegraph

Nearly 100 people in California have died from flu this season

The number of flu deaths in California surged to 97 among people younger than 65 in the third week of 2018, according to a report Friday from the state Department of Public Health, and that figure is particularly grim in light of flu death tolls from prior years. Last season, the state reported 95 flu-related fatalities for individuals younger than 65; in 2015-16, 144; and in 2014-15, 78. Epidemiologists say that, even though people may have some immunity to the H3 strain of influenza going around the nation, it still can be particularly nasty and difficult to beat
26th Jan 2018 - Sacramento Bee

Influenza - 60 year old patient dies in Olbia

In Sardinia, one out of three patients recently admitted to hospital in Olbia with H1N1 has died. The 60 year-old man suffered from previous conditions and had not been vaccinated against the flu. The health authorities in Sardinia have reminded people to get immunised, especially if they belong to an at-risk group
26th Jan 2018 - ANSA.it

Florida Flu Outbreaks At Highest Levels In A Decade

In the U.S., the CDC says the number of states with “high” levels of flu activity has nearly tripled in the last month. In Florida, Doctor Bobby Kapur of Miami’s Jackson Medical Center explains why the flu season is far from over. “What we are seeing is more clusters of cases and that is going to lead to a prolonged flu season with higher cases in the late part of the season,” said Kapur.
26th Jan 2018 - CBS Miami

DPR Korea: Influenza A Outbreak

North Korea's government has requested support for influenza vaccination targeting high-risk individuals with the MoPH specifically requesting 30,000 Oseltamivir tablets for healthcare workers. Between 1 December 2017 and 16 January 2018 there was a total of 126,574 suspected influenza cases in North Korea, according to official figures. Of these, 81,640 cases were confirmed as Influenza A (H1N1) and there had been four deaths – three children and one adult.
26th Jan 2018 - Reliefweb.int

Figures suggest influenza rates are "levelling off" for the moment

Influenza rates appear to be “levelling off” for the moment in England and rates have begun to decrease in Scotland, leading public health experts to suggest the worst might be over for this year. Dr Gregor Smith, Scotland’s deputy chief medical officer, said: “Flu-like illnesses will continue to impact on the health and social care services for some time, but the recent decrease does offer hope that we are over the worst. “The predominant strain is covered by this year’s flu vaccine and I’d continue to encourage anyone in an eligible group to take up the free jab as it is the best defense against flu,” he noted.
26th Jan 2018 - Nursing Times

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His family thought he had a cold. A couple of days later, he died of the flu

In the U.S., a 12 year-old boy has died of the flu in Florida. The Florida Department of Health said three children, all of whom were not vaccinated, have died as a result of the flu this season. That number does not include Dylan. A spokeswoman said the agency does not have information on his death. Dylan also was not vaccinated this year
25th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

Family Of Child Who Died From Flu Have A Warning For You

26th Jan 2018 - CBS Miami

Florida family shocked after healthy 12-year-old boy dies of flu

25th Jan 2018 - CBS News

Three times more people dying from flu in UK than last winter

Three times as many people are dying of flu this winter in the UK compared with last year, with the death toll since October now at 155, figures show. Last week there was a big jump in the number of people hospitalised with the virus and further increases in the numbers being treated in critical care units or visiting a GP with flu-like symptoms.
25th Jan 2018 - The Guardian

Flu rates stabilise as death toll reaches 155

25th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Beware! Flu season in UAE will last until March

In UAE, doctors advised residents to maintain good health habits as the flu season is expected to last until March. They also noted that there has been an increase in the number of cases of influenza, lower respiratory infections and pneumonia in the last two months. Dr Ravi Arora, specialist internal medicine, said: "Flu vaccine might not be 100 per cent effective in preventing influenza but can definitely shorten the duration, spread and complications of the illness. People with lung diseases, asthma, diabetes, heart diseases, cancers, elderly age groups, pregnant women and those having low immunity are likely to benefit the most from flu vaccine."
25th Jan 2018 - Khaleej Times

Influenza accelerating in Maine, with 531 new cases in the last week

Reported flu cases continued to increase in Maine during the past week, but the number has yet to peak in a season that is already notable for its severity, health officials said. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 531 new cases for the week ending Jan. 20, with 1,749 cases reported so far this flu season. The previous week there were 391 new cases.
25th Jan 2018 - Press Herald

Scottish flu outbreak "past its peak" as new cases drop

The outbreak of flu in Scotland may have peaked after cases dropped for the first time in a month. Figures for the third week of January show the number visiting GPs with flu-like symptoms was down on the previous week. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said: "The predominant strain is covered by this year's flu vaccine and I'd continue to encourage anyone in an eligible group to take up the free jab as it is the best defence against flu."
25th Jan 2018 - BBC News

Flu levels in Wales close to "very high intensity" as stocks of the vaccine start to dwindle

Flu is close to reaching “very high intensity” across Wales as the virus continues to plague the population. Public Health Wales has confirmed that for the week ending January 22 GP consultation rates for flu reached 74.7 per 100,000 population. There are warnings that stocks of the vaccination are now “limited”, with those in “at-risk” groups urged to get protected as soon as possible.
25th Jan 2018 - WalesOnline

Flu update: Wards closed at five North East hospitals as region's NHS reveals latest figures

In the UK, five wards across five North East hospitals were closed on Thursday as the region’s NHS revealed the latest numbers of inpatients with flu. New figures showed there are currently 241 people in hospital with the flu, with a 24% increase in admissions in the last 24 hours. A joint statement on behalf of all NHS providers in the region, said: “The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against the seasonal flu virus which can cause severe illness and even deaths for those who are most vulnerable. It is really important that everyone who is eligible, including all frontline NHS staff, get the flu jab ASAP to protect themselves and others."
25th Jan 2018 - Chronicle Live

GPs under pressure as flu and elective care freeze take toll

In the UK, practices are continuing to experience extreme pressure as flu levels remain high and the impact of a month of cancelled elective care in hospitals takes its toll, GP leaders have warned. Hospitals reported average bed occupancy rates close to 95% for the third week running in the week to 21 January, NHS England data on winter pressures reveal. GPC chair Dr Richard Vautrey said that GP practices were continuing to experience high levels of pressure. 'Pressures are high, we are still seeing large numbers of patients with flu and flu-like illness, taking up a lot of appointments,' he said.
25th Jan 2018 - GP Online

Sante Publique France says the flu epidemic peak was reached days ago

In France, the flu epidemic peak was reached a few days ago according to health authorities there. The over 85s are now the worst affected by the epidemic and most flu-related deaths are in that age group. The H1N1 strain has been most present in France this season
25th Jan 2018 - Science et Avenir

Winter flu outbreak is peaking, say health experts

Public Health England will be providing an update on the progress of an influenza outbreak that is already the most serious since 2010-11, and may be officially rated an epidemic if it continues on its current trajectory. There are suggestions the latest figures will show the rate of increase has slowed in the last week, but flu is notoriously unpredictable and any optimism will be tempered by the severity of symptoms shown by many patients. Richard Pebody, acting head of the respiratory diseases at PHE, said: "We are continuing to see flu circulate, however rates across most indicators have remained relatively stable and signs are that flu activity is starting to peak. Rates of vaccination across all those eligible for the vaccine have increased on last season and we have vaccinated an additional one and a half million people compared to the same time last year."
25th Jan 2018 - BBC

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Six-year-old girl dies after paramedics dismiss breathing difficulties as symptoms of common flu

Six-year-old Emily Muth, of Cary, North Carolina, is among at least 30 children across the U.S. who have died of the flu during a nasty season that's caused a rapid increase in the number of older people and children being hospitalised, according to the CDC. Physicians are insisting people get their flu shots, as 85 percent of the children who died were probably not vaccinated, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told Reuters.
25th Jan 2018 - The Independent

Paramedics said her 6-year-old had common flu symptoms and left, she claims. Now her daughter is dead

24th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

Flu kills 6-year-old North Carolina girl

23rd Jan 2018 - Wtvr.com

6-year-old North Carolina girl dies three days after flu diagnosis

23rd Jan 2018 - WSOC Charlotte

Drastic Rise in Influenza Across New York State

In the U.S., Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on all New Yorkers six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the Department of Health, cases of influenza rose by 54 percent and new cases were diagnosed in all counties of the state over the past week. In addition, 1,606 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, the highest weekly number since Department of Health reporting began in 2004.
23rd Jan 2018 - Hudson Valley News Network

Belgium officially declares flu epidemic

In Belgium, the flu epidemic is now official, as the number of flu symptoms consultations reached epidemic levels two weeks in a row. A network of hospitals across the country is also monitoring the severity of the flu. Children seem to be particularly affected by respiratory illnesses
24th Jan 2018 - La Libre

France: flu epidemic peak reached in all regions

In France, the flu epidemic has reached its peak in all regions, according to French health authorities. Flu symptoms consultations have started falling, as well as hospital emergencies related to the flu.
24th Jan 2018 - FranceTVInfo.fr

IMSA flu closure unprecedented, official says

The temporary closing of the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora because of a spike in flu symptoms is likely unprecedented. While the selective, residential Aurora school has had other emergency closings in the past, Tami Armstrong, director of the office of public affairs, said she believes IMSA has never closed because of a flu outbreak in its more-than 30-year history.
24th Jan 2018 - Chicago Tribune

As Flu Deaths Number 21, State Offering Free, Low-Cost Vaccines This Weekend

In the flu surveillance report released by DPH last week, officials said that more than 1,300 people have tested positive for flu and 615 have been hospitalized. It is still too early to tell if the flu season has reached its peak, according to officials.
24th Jan 2018 - Hartford Courant

Aussie flu and cold weather leads to Britain's highest weekly death toll for three years as 15,000 pass away

The number of people dying in England and Wales has reached the highest level since a devastating flu epidemic swept the country three years ago, new official figures showed. More than 15,000 deaths – the great majority of which were elderly people - were recorded in the second week of January, amid a wave of seasonal illnesses, freezing weather conditions, and reports of crisis conditions in NHS hospitals.
24th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

A fierce flu season pummels Washington region

A vicious strain of the flu is battering the Washington region, mirroring a wave of debilitating illness that in recent weeks has seized the entire United States, health officials say.Since the start of flu season, nearly 9,000 people have been hospitalized nationwide, the CDC reported. A total of 30 children have died, including 10 during the week that ended Jan. 13.
24th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

32 More Flu Deaths in San Diego Brings Tally to 174

San Diego County health officials reported another 32 influenza-related deaths Wednesday, further increasing this season's record number of flu deaths. The County Health and Human Services Agency said 32 new flu-related deaths were reported in the week ending on Jan. 20. This brings the tally for this season to 174 deaths; the HHSA said this includes 20 deaths of people who were under 65 years old. The latest figures also bring another 1,183 new influenza cases, keeping the season at an "elevated level," per health officials.
24th Jan 2018 - NBC 7 San Diego

8 deaths, more than 2700 flu cases reported in Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky has seen eight flu-related deaths so far this season, Emily Gresham Wherle with Northern Kentucky Health Department said. Wherle said of those eight, none have been pediatric deaths. NKY Health says it's been an active flu season that began in October. As of Jan. 20, 2,729 cases have been reported.
24th Jan 2018 - WXIX

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Texas: Flu-related deaths double in two weeks

In the most active season in recent years, the number of Texans dying from a flu-related cause has now doubled. The Texas Department of Health this season is reporting the deaths of 2,355 people for whom the flu was an underlying or contributing cause, up from 1,155 such deaths two weeks ago. The vast majority of such deaths occurred among the elderly, according to the department.
23rd Jan 2018 - Beaumont Enterprise

Deadly Flu Season Claiming 100 Lives Per Week, CDC Warns

After a devastating flu season in Australia set off warning bells in the U.S. back in November, the CDC now says that America’s flu season is already responsible for hundreds of deaths around the country. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” the CDC’s Dr. Dan Jernigan said, via CBS News. The U.S. CDC recently estimated that 759 people died of flu-related illnesses between Oct. 7 and Dec. 23. Last year, only 322 people died during the same period due to the flu.
23rd Jan 2018 - CBS Boston / WBZ

Nearly one person a day is currently dying of flu in Swansea Bay

In Wales, nearly one person a day is dying in the Swansea Bay area because of flu. Figures out today show the regional death toll from the flu crisis has hit 12 in just the last fortnight, and people are being advised to get vaccinated
23rd Jan 2018 - Wales Online

Flu season peaks again, nearly doubles death count

Washington's flu has spiked dramatically over the last week – but, it's too early to tell exactly what this means for flu season. While at least 46 Washingtonians died from the flu in the past week, the Washington Department of Health has announced that flu season death count has nearly doubled to 86. Though some have reported that the flu vaccine this year isn't well matched to the virus, analysts are expecting the CDC's report at the end of January will show similar success to last year, probably 30 to 60 percent effective depending on the strain.
23rd Jan 2018 - Seattlepi.com

Gloucestershire hits peak flu as entire county enters red zone

In the UK, flu levels have continued to rise in Gloucestershire, with the entire county now marked out as among the worst areas in the UK for the rates of people suffering. The interactive map produced by flusurvey.org shows the region as now bright red - the highest rating. It has steadily got worse over the past fortnight as winter flu strikes across the country. However the latest bulletin from Public Health England suggests things should start getting better soon.
23rd Jan 2018 - Gloucestershire Live

Blood shortage hits "critical" level as flu and ice disrupt donations, Red Cross says

In the U.S., a combination of punishing winter weather and virulent flu season has resulted in a ‘critical’ shortage of donated blood, the Red Cross said Tuesday morning. “The flu has contributed to low turnout at some of our blood drives,” Kristen Stancil said. “You have to be healthy to donate blood, so the flu, as well as just things like colds, are keeping people away.”
23rd Jan 2018 - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Influenza death toll in South Punjab climbs to 38

In Pakistan, the overall death toll due to seasonal influenza virus in South Punjab has increased to 38 after three people died in Multan’s Nishtar Hospital on Monday. A team of specialist doctors arrived in Multan in the first week of January for the treatment of influenza. The team has been deployed at Nishtar Hospital while a massive influenza vaccination drive has been launched in Multan region to control the epidemic.
23rd Jan 2018 - Pakistan Today

Ecuador: H1N1 virus kills 22 people

In Ecuador, since mid-December, the H1N1 virus has killed 22 people. The authorities are going to distribute 3.9 million doses of the flu vaccine to try and stop the epidemic
23rd Jan 2018 - Ouest-France

Number of influenza cases in Taiwan increases 27 percent last week

In Taiwan, the number of people seeking medical treatment for flu-like symptoms rose last week to nearly 130,000, a 27 percent increase from the previous week, the CDC said Tuesday. A total of 129,593 people sought treatment for flu-like ailments in the week ending Jan. 20. In addition, during the last four weeks there have been 57 cluster infections, 44 of which were in schools. There are currently about 60,000 doses of free flu vaccine shots still available, and people are urged to get vaccinated
23rd Jan 2018 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Yes, this flu season is brutal, but it's not the worst

In the U.S., a fierce flu season that started early still seems to be hitting almost every corner of the country and sowing anxiety nationwide. The epidemic is far from over and may be among the worst in several years, health officials say. But the latest update from the CDC does not indicate a flu epidemic of historic or rare proportions — just one that could approach the severity of the last moderately severe flu season, in 2014-2015.
23rd Jan 2018 - USA Today

WHO: Many nations report brisk flu activity, with influenza B rising

Most countries with flu seasons under way are reporting moderate levels compared with past seasons, with some reporting hospitalization and intensive care unit admission levels at or above earlier seasons, the WHO said. In its activity update, the WHO said though flu vaccines might not provide full protection, "they remain the best line of prevention and should be offered as long as influenza is circulating."
23rd Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Montana influenza update

The number of flu-related deaths in Montana continues to rise. According to the weekly flu report from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, there have been 18 deaths in Montana attributed to influenza this season. All but two have been adults over the age of 65.
22nd Jan 2018 - KTVH

Influenza Wallops Flathead County with More Than 300 Cases

“So far for the 2017-2018 influenza season, Flathead County has had more than 300 cases of influenza, more than 40 people hospitalized due to influenza, and five influenza-related deaths. We are about two weeks ahead of where we were last year at this time,” said Flathead City-County Health Department Health Officer Hillary Hanson. Flathead County had the most cases of reported influenza in the state, with 332, according to DPHHS. The Flathead also had the most cases of newly confirmed flu from Jan. 7 to Jan. 13, with 89.
23rd Jan 2018 - Flathead Beacon

Hundreds of San Antonians tested positive for flu-like illness, officials say

More than 300 San Antonians tested positive for flu-like illness as of earlier this month and one pediatric flu death has been recorded, Metro Health officials said. "We are seeing quite a bit of flu activity," said Rita Espinoza, Metro Health's Chief of Epidemiology. Flu season runs from October to May in the San Antonio-area and health officials are seeing a peak in the number of reported cases this month, Espinoza said. She said the city appears to be peaking quicker than last year, but that the number of cases lines up with what health officials are recording nationally.
23rd Jan 2018 - My San Antonio

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Here's How Widespread the Flu Is This Year

This year’s flu season in the U.S. has been unusually active and influenza is still spreading, according to the CDC. Flu activity has increased throughout the United States as of the second week of January. Ten influenza-related deaths in children were reported through the week ending on Jan. 13, bringing the total flu-related pediatric deaths to 30. More than 60,000 samples testing positive for influenza have been reported since monitoring for the virus began on Oct. 1, according to the CDC.
22nd Jan 2018 - Time

Deadly Flu Season Claiming 100 Lives Per Week, CDC Warns

22nd Jan 2018 - CBS Local Detroit

70 Americans have been killed by flu every week: CDC figures reveal shocking toll of outbreak across the nation

21st Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

CDC: Deadly Flu Season Isn't Expected To Peak Anytime Soon

23rd Jan 2018 - News On 6.com

The flu is now widespread in almost every state

22nd Jan 2018 - KRIS Corpus Christi News

Mother-of-two teaching assistant, 51, dies after flu left the asthma sufferer struggling to breathe

In the UK, a mother-of-two and teaching assistant, who suffered with asthma, has died after flu left her struggling to breathe. She had been to the doctors earlier on Monday and had been prescribed antibiotics and steroids as the flu had made her asthma worse
21st Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Mum-of-two dies after flu made her asthma so bad she struggled to breathe

20th Jan 2018 - Daily Mirror

8-Year-Old Boy With Autism Just Died From the Flu -- Despite Getting the Flu Shot

Tyler Dannaway of Little Rock, Arkansas, was just 8 years old when he passed away from the flu on Tuesday. In total, 30 children have died nationwide from influenza so far this season, and Tyler was the first pediatric flu death reported to the Arkansas Department of Health this year. Tyler's parents shared that what made their little boy's death even more shocking was that they had hoped he was protected because he had received the flu shot this year. Instead, he died within two days of getting sick
22nd Jan 2018 - CafeMom

Flu epidemic slowing down in France

A report from Santé publique France shows that the peak of the flu epidemic in France has just passed and there are now less new cases of flu-related consultations, and a fall in hospitalisations for flu or flu symptoms. The most frequent strain found this year in France is H1N1, which is less serious for older people
22nd Jan 2018 - Le Figaro

Flu is on the rise

In Slovakia, the number of people ill with acute respiratory diseases rose in the week preceding January 19, the Sme daily wrote. Doctors reported 54,203 cases of acute respiratory diseases and that the morbidity rate increased by 12.2 percent compared to a week ago, said the main public health officer, Ján Mikas
22nd Jan 2018 - The Slovak Spectator

A dozen now dead from flu virus in Georgia, more than 400 hospitalized

A dozen people have died of complications from the flu virus in Georgia, according to the latest data released by the CDC. That’s more than double how many had been reported dead just a week before, when five people were killed. So far, 404 people have been hospitalized for flu symptoms in the eight-county metro Atlanta area, where the CDC tracks hospitalization reports. Nine people aged 65 or older and three people between ages 51-64 have died from the virus this season.
22nd Jan 2018 - Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Flu patients pack emergency rooms while researchers look for universal vaccine

In California, the avalanche of flu patients that began filling local emergency rooms this holiday season has yet to relent. A mismatched flu vaccine compared with a particularly aggressive strain of influenza A has led to a pile-up of patients in Santa Monica urgent care centers and hospitals. A universal flu vaccine is now a top priority for the NIH’s infectious disease department. To develop a better shot, researchers are dissecting the cloak that disguises influenza as it sneaks past the immune system and finding some rare targets that stay the same from strain to strain, year to year.
22nd Jan 2018 - Santa Monica Daily Press

Flu Season Worst Since 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic

Washington and Idaho are in the midst of what’s likely to be the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Forty Washingtonians died from the flu in the past week, according to the Washington Department of Health, nearly doubling the total flu season count to 86 deaths. The vaccine this year is also less effective, making it somewhat easier for the flu to spread, but health officials say it is still worth getting
21st Jan 2018 - Government Technology

Nasty flu season sending record numbers to hospital

Dr. George K. Avetian, Delaware County’s senior medical advisor, says that although the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is not optimal, it is still being recommended to get. He also explains that those over 65 are given a high-dose vaccine four times the strength of the regular vaccine, as they have less robust immune systems. Avetian said the county distributed vaccines to more than 1,000 citizens through three flu clinics that were held free to the community. Unlike former years, the vaccine is readily available. The CDC reported that manufacturers have shipped more than 151 million doses of the vaccine, although they hope to move towards a universal vaccine that could cover all strains with longevity
21st Jan 2018 - Delaware County Daily Times

Tenth flu-related death in Algeria

In Algeria, a tenth person has died from flu: the authorities say so far, none of the victims had been vaccinated. They were either pregnant women or people suffering from a chronic illness, all of whom belong to the at-risk group who should get a flu shot every year
20th Jan 2018 - Algerie Focus

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Flu reaches epidemic levels in parts of UK as Japanese strain dominates

Flu has reached epidemic levels in some parts of the UK with the “Japanese” strain now dominant after the NHS failed to vaccinate against it, official figures show. Latest data shows that cases of flu have risen by 150 per cent in two weeks, fuelling a “significant excess” of elderly deaths. Senior doctors have accused health officials of fuelling the crisis, by attempting to cut costs on vaccines. It follows concern that the vaccinations are failing to sufficiently protect the elderly against the “Aussie flu” strain, with a new type of jab planned for next year.
18th Jan 2018 - Telegraph.co.uk

More outbreaks in Gloucestershire care homes than rest of South West as Aussie Flu continues to spread

20th Jan 2018 - Gloucestershire Live

Area near Bristol at almost epidemic levels of flu as NHS taken by surprise by lethal "Japanese flu"

20th Jan 2018 - Bristol Post

UK Witnessing Worst Flu Season Since 2011, But Still "Not An Epidemic"

19th Jan 2018 - Huffington Post

UK now in grip of "most significant" flu season for seven years

19th Jan 2018 - Nursing Times

Japanese flu warning: Situation "nears epidemic levels"

19th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

Flu hospitalizations climb as US season hits new heights

Flu hospitalizations across the U.S. are still increasing, and at least by one metric the season has reached a height not seen since the 2009-10 pandemic, according to the latest data from the CDC's FluView. In addition, despite elderly adults being the most hospitalized group, they often do not receive influenza tests, new research shows. Influenza A still far outnumbers influenza B strains, the CDC said
19th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Flu Epidemic Gets Worse, Just in Time for Funding Shutdown

19th Jan 2018 - Bloomberg

This Flu Map Shows How the Biggest Influenza Outbreak in Years Spread Across the US

19th Jan 2018 - TIME

Flu Season Continues to Worsen, CDC Reports

19th Jan 2018 - P&T Community

US Flu Season Gets Worse, Has 'Lot More Steam' Than Expected

20th Jan 2018 - New York Times

Flu Season in the US Is Getting Worse

20th Jan 2018 - Time

Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

20th Jan 2018 - CNN

This Year's Flu Is Nasty And Getting Worse. And Now We've Shut Down The CDC

21st Jan 2018 - Forbes

Preparing for seasonal influenza

During the current northern hemisphere's winter, seasonal influenza activity has become worrisome. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza activity is affecting the entire continental USA for the first time in 13 years and this year's season might well be severe. In the UK, in the first week of 2018, GP consultation rates for influenza rose 78%, and influenza-confirmed hospitalisations increased by 50% from the previous week, according to Public Health England.
19th Jan 2018 - The Lancet

Influenza claims 35 lives in south Punjab in the past one month

In Pakistan, a Multan Health Department spokesman stated that thirty-five people died of seasonal influenza in the past one month in south Punjab cities. A team of specialist doctors arrived in Multan in the first week of January for the treatment of influenza. The team has been deployed at Nishtar Hospital while a massive influenza vaccination drive has been launched in Multan region to control the epidemic.
19th Jan 2018 - Pakistan Today

15 more Albertans die from influenza within one week, reports AHS

In Canada, in the past week, 15 more Albertans have died from influenza, according to the most recent report from Alberta Health Services. The weekly report states 46 people across the province have died from the virus since the season started in October. The province has administered more than 1.1 million doses of influenza vaccine since October.
19th Jan 2018 - Chat News Today

Italy is in the grip of its worst flu season in 14 years

Nearly 4 million people in Italy sought treatment for the flu in recent weeks, the highest number of cases since 2004. There were some 832,000 flu patients between January 8-14th, according to the National Health Institute’s virus monitoring service, making a total of 3,883,000 cases since September 2017. “The spread of the influenza virus this year is very intense, higher even than the pandemic of 2009-10 and comparable only to the 2004-5 season,” said Antonino Bella, one of the institute’s specialists in infectious disease
19th Jan 2018 - The Local Italy

Death toll jumps sharply after California experiences its worst week of the flu season

The death toll from influenza in California rose sharply on Friday, amid a brutal flu season that has spread across the nation. State health officials said that 32 people under 65 died last week of the flu, making it the deadliest week this season so far. In total, 74 people under age 65 have died of the flu since October, compared with 14 at the same time last year.
19th Jan 2018 - Los Angeles Times

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UK "in grip of worst flu season since 2011"

The UK is in the grip of its worst flu season for seven years, figures show. All parts of the UK have seen rises in suspected flu cases since the turn of the year with Wales seeing the sharpest - close to a fourfold increase in GP visits to 64.9 cases per 100,000. The last time there was more flu circulating than this was in 2010-11 when swine flu, responsible for the pandemic of the year before, came back.
18th Jan 2018 - BBC News

Flu death toll hits 149: Fatalities have soared by 45% in a week with killer "Aussie" and "Japanese" strains to blame

18th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Flu outbreak could reach epidemic in two weeks – as 8.3 million hit by bug and 120 lose their lives

18th Jan 2018 - The Sun

Flu epidemic set to hit Britain within fortnight as 8.3 million now suffering symptoms

18th Jan 2018 - Telegraph.co.uk

Flu surge continues as GP visits rise 42% in a week

In the UK, the RCGP has warned that flu presentations in general practice have risen by 153% since the start of the year, and 42% during this week alone. Its Research and Surveillance Centre found that an estimated 31,300 patients in England visited their GP for flu in the week running from 8 to 14 January. Wales is now the hardest-hit part of the UK, with intensity of flu reaching ‘high’ levels according to EU definitions.
18th Jan 2018 - GP Online

Flu outbreak: GPs under "huge pressure" as deaths soar to 120

18th Jan 2018 - The Guardian

Worst flu outbreak for seven years as GP visits rise 42%

18th Jan 2018 - The Times

GP consultation rate for flu increases by 42% in a week

18th Jan 2018 - Pulse Today

The HSE confirm deadly virus has killed more than 20 people

In Ireland, the HSE has confirmed that 24 people have died as a result of the flu virus so far this season. The statistic was released in a report by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre. The report also noted the average age of people who lost their lives as a result of contracting the flu was 68 and underlying conditions were thought to be a factor in many, but not all of the fatalities.
18th Jan 2018 - TV3.ie

9 more Hong Kong flu patients die, bringing death toll to 32 for 2018, as Macau leader also sick

Nine more flu patients have died in Hong Kong this week, bringing the death toll since the start of the year to 32. This week, between Sunday and Wednesday, 18 adult flu patients were recorded as severe cases in Hong Kong. Since the official start of the winter flu season on January 7, some 41 adult sufferers have been classified as severe. Twenty-three of these died. Most of the deaths were elderly patients, aged 65 or above.
18th Jan 2018 - South China Morning Post

DHEC published new flu numbers for South Carolina: It keeps getting worse

Nine people died from the flu in South Carolina during the second week in January, numbers published by the state health department show. This latest report brings the death total to 24 people in South Carolina from flu this season, which started in October. Most victims have been at least 65 years old. No children have died from the flu so far in this state.
18th Jan 2018 - Charleston Post Courier

Blood in high demand due to severe flu season, unhealthy donors

As the flu continues to spread across the U.S., there is an urgent call for blood donations. In Bay Area, seasonal illnesses, like the flu, have caused a drop in the number of healthy donors and back East the severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on donations
18th Jan 2018 - KGO-TV

Severe flu season leads to hospitalisations across the UAE

In the UAE, doctors have noted a significant increase in cases of pneumonia and influenza in Abu Dhabi, and many patients have been diagnosed with swine flu. Dr Trilok Chand, a specialist in respiratory medicine at Burjeel Hospital, said the number of cases had doubled compared to last year, and he is now seeing about five people each day. He said most patients had mild cases that could be managed at home, but severe cases were on the rise. Doctors were confident they had not yet seen any cases of the potentially deadly H3N2 flu strain, but had seen an increase in the number of people infected with strains A and B. The number of H1N1 cases was high
18th Jan 2018 - The National

Winter flu outbreak tracker: How bad is it where you live?

In the UK, this winter's flu outbreak is turning out to be a bad one, with the number of people coming down with symptoms on course to reach epidemic-level proportions in the coming weeks. Health service data shows flu rates have continually risen over recent weeks. The severity of the flu outbreak varies geographically with some areas, like Leicester and Luton, actually having a below normal rate of cases.
18th Jan 2018 - Telegraph.co.uk

Lourdes: nine year old dies as flu epidemic continues

In France, a nine-year-old boy has died in hospital in Lourdes as the severe flu epidemic continues across the country. He is one of 70 people known to have died in the flu epidemic this winter, which has been described by health minister Agnès Buzyn as especially severe. The outbreak, which has reached the official “epidemic” threshold across the entire country, has seen 936,000 people consult their doctor for flu symptoms this winter, and has particularly affected young people, due to their “immature immune system”, Buzyn said.
18th Jan 2018 - The Connexion

Flu-related deaths hit record-high 142 as epidemic surges in San Diego County

Despite signs that flu activity may be waning, deaths continue to mount in San Diego County, according to the latest weekly snapshot from the county health department. Public health officials announced that there were 51 flu-related deaths last week, pushing the season total to 142. Most of those who have died during this influenza season have been age 65 or older, and 90 percent have had other illnesses that have contributed to their deaths.
18th Jan 2018 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

45 deaths caused by H1N1 virus since beginning of winter in Tunisia

In Tunisia, influenza has caused the death of 45 people with H1N1 virus since the beginning of winter, a health official said. "Most cases of death concern patients over the age of 50, particularly those who are chronically ill, or who have not followed the instructions of the National Plan for the Prevention of Seasonal Influenza launched by Ministry of Health", said Insaf Ben Alaya, Director of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases.
18th Jan 2018 - Xinhua.net

Dreaded "Aussie flu" is "similar" to the Spanish flu

The dreaded 'Aussie flu' is similar to the killer Spanish flu which claimed the lives of 50 million people in 1918, experts claim. Pharmacist Marvin Munzu warned that H3N2 can lead to fatal complications, such as pneumonia - exactly like the bug from 100 years ago. His claim comes days after it was warned Aussie flu is already more severe than Swine flu - which killed nearly 300,000 people across the world in 2009. Projections claim that the flu will become an epidemic by the end of the month, with the UK being hit by a number of killer strains simultaneously.
18th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

New approach could help curtail hospitalizations due to influenza infection

North Carolina has reported 10 new flu deaths for the week from Jan. 7-Jan. 13, bringing the total number of deaths to 42 for the flu season that began Oct. 1, 2017. The CDC recommends everybody older than 6 months of age should get a flu shot every season. This year's vaccine protects patients against three or four strains, according to Dr. Sue Lynn Ledford, Wake County Public Health Director.
18th Jan 2018 - abc11

Rajasthan records 374 H1N1 cases, 24 deaths in 2 weeks

In India, the New Year has begun with a health alert for Rajasthan, which is facing its worst ever outbreak of H1N1 that has sickened 374 people and caused 24 deaths in a little over two weeks. Till January 9, Rajasthan had reported 195 cases and 7 deaths, but cases have almost doubled since then. Updated data from the state, likely to be added up by next week, will push up the national numbers from the current 220 cases and 10 deaths.
17th Jan 2018 - Hindustan Times

Flu outbreak making itself felt now

The flu season began early in Canada, and to make matters worse, it looks like the flu vaccine isn't particularly effective this year. Some tests there have shown that the vaccine wasn't protective against an influenza A strain. The authorities are being reassuring though and asking people to get vaccinated as the best means to stay healthy
17th Jan 2018 - Acadie Nouvelle

Scots flu rate five times higher than same time last year

The flu rate in Scotland for the second week of 2018 was almost five times higher than the same week last year, the Scottish Government has confirmed. Around 114 people per 100,000 Scots were reported as having a flu-like illness last week, up from 107 in the previous week. When compared to the same week last year, the outbreak led to almost five times as many cases as would be expected.
18th Jan 2018 - STV.tv

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Colorado health officials say flu-related hospitalizations are double the average

One of the more active flu seasons in recent years is taking its toll in Colorado. The state has already seen about 2,000 influenza related hospitalizations this season, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. One pediatric death was reported this week for a child that was unvaccinated. Health officials say the best way to combat the flu is to get the vaccine.
17th Jan 2018 - 9NEWS.com

Beijing Authorities Say Flu Epidemic to Subside Within Two Weeks

After weeks of increasing rates of infection that have affected tens of thousands of city residents, Beijing authorities are assuring the public that the flu outbreak will begin to subside over the next two weeks and described the possibility of a major flu epidemic as unlikely. The Beijing Health and Family Planning Commission said the current rate of flu transmission is increasing at a slower rate than earlier in the year
17th Jan 2018 - The Beijinger

Record number hospitalized in Ohio for flu during first week of 2018

Ohio is seeing record flu numbers to start 2018. The Ohio Department of Health said 1,750 people were hospitalized because of the flu during the first week of January, a record number. That’s nearly three times as many people as normal. Despite this year’s vaccine being only 30-35 % effective, Dr. Koenig said you’ll still benefit from the flu shot.
17th Jan 2018 - NBC4i.com

Flu epidemic exceeds threshold for the first time in Belgium

In Belgium, with 160 consultations per 100,000 inhabitants, the epidemic threshold of flu was exceeded for the first time this season, according to a statement released Wednesday by the Scientific Institute of Public Health (SIP). The SIP advises people in at-risk groups who are not yet immunized to contact their GP to assess their individual situation.
17th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

Pinellas is at the center of a rise in Florida flu outbreaks

Florida seems to be faring better than other states with regard to the flu. California has reported 27 flu-related deaths already, and hospitals are setting up tents to help treat the overwhelming number of patients seeking help. Tampa Bay area hospitals are reporting a sharp increase in the number of patients coming into emergency rooms with flu-like symptoms, but no single hospital seems overwhelmed by the number of patients.
17th Jan 2018 - Tampa Bay.com

Flu warning at hospital as doctors ask people to stay away

In the UK, senior doctors have issued a fresh call for people with cold or flu-like symptoms not to visit patients in hospital, as high flu rates continue. Dr David Walker, medical director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, is urging those with flu to stay away as it could be passed to patients who are already unwell. He also recommends getting a flu shot
17th Jan 2018 - Eastbourne Herald

CDC: 20 children dead from flu in US this winter

In the U.S., officials at the CDC said 20 children across the country have died from the flu this winter. Seven died last week. In Illinois, hospitals are taking extra precautions to ensure more people don't get sick. "We're limiting visitors so that we try to prevent flu from going out into community," said Dr. Anthony Marinelli, a pulmonologist.
17th Jan 2018 - WLS-TV

This Flu Season Is Bad, But It Doesn't Deserve the Hype

In the U.S., the 2017-18 flu season has been “relatively bad,” according to Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But it’s certainly not the worst season he can remember. “The 2014-15 season was just as bad, if not worse,” Fauci told MD Magazine. “Though the perception has been ‘Wow, this is unprecedented,’ in no way is it unprecedented.”
17th Jan 2018 - MD Magazine

Flu "War Zone" Cripples California Hospitals; Tents Set Up to Handle Influx of Patients

In California, hospitals are so overwhelmed by the influx of flu patients that they have been forced to fly in nurses from out of state and are turning away ambulances. Some have set up tents in parking lots to triage the inordinate numbers of flu patients coming for care, while scheduled, voluntary surgeries are being postponed to free up resources. The CDC notes that this year's vaccine is only expected to be about 32 percent effective because H3N2 tends to mutate.
17th Jan 2018 - The Weather Channel

Aussie flu mapped: You're most at risk of deadly infection if you live here

A map showing flu hotspots across the UK revealed the number of infections has risen over the past two weeks. The interactive map - by online influenza surveillance system Flusurvey - reveals the areas worst hit by the virus. As of Wednesday morning, the North-East of England was the most affected area.
17th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

Around 8,000 people affected by the influenza virus, the seasonal peak season is here

Between the beginning of December 2017 and the first week of this year, over 3m Italians were hit by flu, a dizzying figure, one that has not been as high as this for 15 years. In the first week of 2018 there was another jump in the number of cases (by about 800,000), fuelled mainly by young adults and the elderly.
17th Jan 2018 - Quotidiano di Puglia

Influenza B outbreak being monitored at Health Sciences North

In Canada, Health Sciences North in Sudbury says it's currently dealing with an Influenza B outbreak. It says the outbreak is affecting the third floor intensive rehabilitation unit in the South Tower of the Ramsey Lake Health Centre
17th Jan 2018 - CBC.ca

Aussie flu strain found in 37% of influenza cases in North Wales as 52 people currently in hospital battling illness

There have been over 50 positive results for the ‘Aussie' strain of flu in North Wales. 402 people who went to hospitals in North Wales at the end of December and beginning of January complaining of flu symptoms were tested for influenza. There were 136 positive flu results, 51 of which were for the Australian strain of the virus.
17th Jan 2018 - Daily Post North Wales

One confirmed Aussie flu case in the Isle of Man

On the Isle of Man, there has been one confirmed case of Aussie flu. New Health Minister David Ashford said there had been one confirmed case of the H3N2 flu strain but the patient was not admitted to hospital. ’There had been one confirmed case but they were treated externally,’ he said
17th Jan 2018 - Isle of Man Today

Pneumonia is one of the deadliest infections killing 30000 Brits a year – and flu can trigger it

In the UK, the flu season is shaping up to be one of the most serious ever with cases of the Aussie and Japanese flu sweeping across the country. And with the spike in people becoming ill with the flu also comes a rise in the number of flu-related deaths, with pneumonia being one of the most deadly conditions caused by the bug
16th Jan 2018 - The Sun

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Influenza widespread in most states

CDC officials reported that influenza is widespread across the continental United States. The H3N2 subtype appears to be the most predominant strain, said Daniel Jernigan, MD, director of CDC's influenza division. "Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now," Jernigan said
16th Jan 2018 - Pharmacy Today, American Pharmacists Association, pharmacist.com

This flu epidemic did something never recorded before

17th Jan 2018 - The Mercury News

State officials say flu "very virulent" this year

16th Jan 2018 - WRAL.com

Influenza claims two more lives in Multan, death toll rises to 23

In Pakistan, two more patients died of seasonal influenza in Multan taking the death toll to 23. The outbreak has become a cause of concern among the authorities. The citizens have also raised concerns regarding the lack of free tests and vaccines for influenza patients at Nishtar Hospital
16th Jan 2018 - Geo News, Pakistan

Two more die of seasonal influenza in Multan

16th Jan 2018 - Pakistan Today

Number of flu patients rises in Japan with 1.24 million new cases reported in first week of the year

In Japan, an estimated 1.24 million people caught influenza in the first week of January, up from around 1.01 million the previous week, a state-run institute said. A delay in flu vaccine production this season has caused a shortage. But the health ministry has said the necessary amount of vaccine can be secured by restricting people aged 13 and above to taking only a single shot.
17th Jan 2018 - The Japan Times

Flu widespread but may be peaking with more than 17000 cases across Pennsylvania

In the U.S., flu is now widespread in every state except Hawaii, but the good news is the season appears to already be peaking. An update from the CDC showed patient traffic for flu was no longer skyrocketing the way it was in December. "It looks like it's starting to level out," said the CDC's Lynnette Brammer, who oversees flu tracking. Still, flu is unpredictable. "I don't know where it will end up," she added.
16th Jan 2018 - Allentown Morning Call

Flu cases and deaths are on the rise in Pakistan—but should we be alarmed?

In Pakistan, the flu has hit with full force this season. An increasing number of cases are being reported from across the country, with a simultaneous increase in reports of flu-related fatalities. The WHO and the NIH are conducting investigations into flu deaths in Multan, which seems to have been hit harder than other cities in Punjab.
16th Jan 2018 - DAWN.com

Albania on brink of flu epidemic: health expert

Albania is on the brink of a flu epidemic with hospitals across the country registering around 11,000 patients affected by respiratory infections and flu in a week, the Institute of Public Health warned. Artan Simaku, an expert from the institute, told reporters that the virus was mainly affecting children and the elderly. Health experts have urged citizens to get the flu vaccine
16th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

Increase in influenza cases starts to slow down in Beijing

In China, the number of flu cases reported in Beijing is increasing at a slower rate, and the spread of infections is predicted to lessen in the next two weeks, the Beijing Commission of Health and Family Planning said. The number of flu cases reported in Beijing has been rising rapidly since December, with children younger than 4 accounting for the biggest share among people of all age groups
16th Jan 2018 - ECNS.cn

Pediatric flu deaths prompts vaccine push as New York faces tough influenza season

Doctors urged New Yorkers to get flu shots as pediatric deaths surfaced recently while a potentially record influenza season approached its peak cycle. The public-health warning comes after authorities in New York and Connecticut reported their first flu-related deaths took the lives of two children.
16th Jan 2018 - The Journal News

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Flu activity in Conn. increasing; 1015 confirmed cases

Flu activity has rapidly increased in Connecticut over the last few weeks with more than 1,000 confirmed flu cases in the state, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. “This year’s flu virus appears to be affecting older persons especially hard,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. “It is not too late to get a flu shot, and some people who are sick with influenza may need to be treated with an antiviral medication.”
12th Jan 2018 - New Haven Register

Flu Season Intensifying With 15 Deaths Reported In Connecticut

15th Jan 2018 - Norwalk Daily Voice

Connecticut Officials Report Steep Increase In Flu Hospitalizations

15th Jan 2018 - CBS New York

Nationwide Flu Outbreak Leads To High Mortality Rate And Shortage Of Medication

In the U.S., according to the CDC, influenza has been reported in every state, excluding Hawaii. The virus has hit every state at the same level, which is highly unusual for this time of year. It’s had an overwhelming impact on hospitals, leading to a nationwide shortage of medication. The CDC insists that the best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated every year.
16th Jan 2018 - The Inquisitr

Flu remains widespread across Montana

Montana health officials say the flu remains widespread across the state. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services reports that at the end of the first week of January, 425 new cases were reported in 38 counties, and all but three counties have verified at least one case of influenza. Altogether, 1,441 cases have been confirmed and 239 people have been hospitalized, including 47 in the most recent report
15th Jan 2018 - The Bellingham Herald

Flu activity in Canada "high" and continuing to rise, latest public health numbers say

In Canada, the number of people stricken by flu continues to rise, with 15,572 laboratory-confirmed cases for the season as of Jan. 6, the Public Health Agency of Canada says. The level of influenza activity is "in the higher range of expected levels for this time of year," the agency said in its latest FluWatch report. Last year, there were far fewer cases, with 8,976 reported by the end of the first week of January 2017. The flu is affecting people over 65 years of age the most and there have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada this season
15th Jan 2018 - CBC.ca

Is flu season peaking? Maybe, say officials, but protective steps are still necessary

In the U.S., this year’s flu season may be reaching its peak, both nationally and in Minnesota, say public health officials. During the first week of 2018, the rate of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. climbed to 22.7 per 100,000 people — almost double what it was the week before, according to data released late last week by the CDC
15th Jan 2018 - Minn Post

Cases of "Aussie flu" rocket by 35% in a week and death toll is officially 97, figures reveal

In the UK, the flu outbreak shows no signs of stopping as cases have rocketed by 35% in a week. Government data shows 4,128 people were struck down across England last week - compared to the 3,044 new cases recorded the week before. It comes as the flu death toll across the UK is now officially 97. However, the total amount of deaths is likely to be higher as laboratory tests only capture a fraction of the true number.
15th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Hong Kong emergency rooms expected to see surge in winter flu patients this week

In Hong Kong, public hospital emergency rooms may experience a surge this week, the government has warned, as the winter flu season began amid a spate of cold weather. The Department of Health’s Centre for Health Protection announced that it was investigating a case of severe influenza B infection in a 3-year-old boy. It said he was diagnosed with the virus, which was complicated with pneumonia and septic shock, and he was in critical condition.
15th Jan 2018 - Hong Kong Free Press

Flu season "particularly intense," hasn't peaked in Hawaii yet

In the U.S., influenza is widespread through every state except Hawaii, although the season hasn’t officially peaked here yet due to the islands’ geographic isolation. Janet Berreman, Kauai district health officer for the Department of Health, said: “It is extra important, as it always is, for people to get their influenza vaccine. If they haven’t gotten it, it’s not too late in the season to do so.”
15th Jan 2018 - The Garden Island.com

Flu epidemic: virus is stronger this year and affecting younger people more

In France, the flu epidemic has spread throughout the country and is affecting younger people in particular. It has so far caused at least 70 deaths. Younger people have not been exposed to H1N1 before which seems to be why this season is proving more severe for them
15th Jan 2018 - 20minutes.fr

The flu is officially an epidemic in the US

In the U.S., the flu is now officially an epidemic, according to the CDC. More than half of all US states reported high flu activity within the first week of the year. A total of 7.0 percent of the deaths occurring during the week ending December 23 2017 were due to pneumonia and influenza, based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on January 11 2018. This percentage is at the epidemic threshold of 7.0 percent for week 51, said CDC.
15th Jan 2018 - Metro

Flu hospitalizations up 50 percent in the UK

New Public Health England statistics show that seasonal flu levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK. There has been a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness, a 50% increase in the flu hospitalization rate, and a 65% increase in the flu intensive care admission rate over the past week. The main strains circulating continue to be flu A(H3N2), A(H1N1) and Flu B.
14th Jan 2018 - Outbreak News Today

Nova Scotia hitting period of "intense flu activity"

In Canada, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health says the province expects flu cases to spike within the coming weeks. New data from the federal Health Department shows flu activity is high and continuing to rise in Canada, with more than 15,500 cases confirmed compared to about 9,000 this time last year. In Nova Scotia, there have been 72 lab confirmed cases of the flu and one influenza-related death this season.
13th Jan 2018 - CBC.ca

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Flu activity still rising, but CDC warns many weeks of activity ahead

In the U.S., the CDC said flu activity is at the highest it's been all season, with all parts of the country reporting widespread levels of the virus. Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, director of the influenza division at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said it's too early to tell if this flu season is more severe than recent seasons, including the 2014-15 season. "People should do everything they can still do to reduce the risk of infection, including getting the flu vaccine," Jernigan said.
13th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Flu stomps the nation, overwhelming ERs and leaving 20 children dead

13th Jan 2018 - CNN

CDC: Flu Hammering Country, With More to Come

13th Jan 2018 - WebMD

Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

12th Jan 2018 - Reuters

This year's awful flu season, mapped

12th Jan 2018 - Vox

CDC says, "There's lots of flu in lots of places." And it's not going away anytime soon

12th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

"Flu is everywhere right now," CDC doctor says, as influenza widespread in most states

12th Jan 2018 - Miami Herald

Flu Season Is Shaping Up To Be A Nasty One, CDC Says

12th Jan 2018 - NPR

Flu outbreak has now killed 93 people in Britain this winter

In Britain, the number of people to have died after contracting the flu this winter has soared to 93. New data from Public Health England states that 27 flu-related deaths were reported in England in the first week of January. This takes the overall number of fatalities since October to 93 – with 85 people dying in England and eight in Scotland.
12th Jan 2018 - Metro

Flu hotspot map reveals which London postcodes are worst affected as rates nearly double in capital

12th Jan 2018 - Evening Standard

Flu has killed 20 children already this season

In the U.S., the H3N2 flu strain is taking its worst toll on the elderly, but is also causing complications for Baby Boomers and young children. Those older than age 65 are experiencing the highest hospitalization rates, but those age 50 to 64 also have seen high numbers. In the last week, hospitalizations of children under five have almost doubled and there were seven more pediatric deaths, bringing the season total to 20.
12th Jan 2018 - USA Today

CDC: Number of flu-related pediatric deaths rises to 20

13th Jan 2018 - FOX 5 Atlanta

France: already 70 people killed by the flu

In France, 70 people have died because of a flu infection since the start of the flu season. Almost half of them were under 65. This is because the H1N1 and the B strain prove more dangerous to the younger population. The flu epidemic is expected to peak this week
14th Jan 2018 - FranceTVInfo.fr

Hospitals ban children as visitors to try to stop the spread of deadly and virulent flu which has already killed 100

In the U.S., hospitals have begun banning children under the age of 13 from visiting patients to try to stop the spread of a deadly and virulent flu which has claimed the lives of 100 people across the country. To date, 20 children and adults across the US have died this season as a result of the deadly H3N2. Seven more American children died of the flu this week alone.
13th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

The Perfect Storm Behind This Year's Nasty Flu Season

In the U.S., according to the numbers, this year’s flu season is worse than usual. It got started early, and it’s been more severe. Several factors have come together make this year’s flu worse for patients who get sick and for hospitals trying to treat them: the H3N2 flu strain tends to hit people harder than other strains; the vaccine was only 10 percent effective against the problematic H3N2 strain in Australia; and hospitals are running out of IV bags
13th Jan 2018 - The Atlantic

GP workload soars as seasonal illness compounds growing flu crisis

In England, figures from the RCGP’s Research and Surveillance Centre suggest nearly 22,000 patients in general practice were affected by flu over the first week of 2018. The figures formed part of the government’s flu report, which showed flu is now circulating at an elevated level of ‘medium’ intensity in England, at a prevalence of 37.3 presentations per 100,000 patients.
12th Jan 2018 - GP online

Number of flu fatalities in Alberta jumps by 63% in three weeks

In Canada, the number of flu fatalities in Alberta has jumped by 12, to 31 in less than a month, accelerating the death rate in what’s being called an unusually challenging influenza season across Canada. This year’s fatality number is almost double the 17 flu deaths recorded in the province last year at this time, while the number of hospitalizations has also nearly doubled, from 867 to 1,570, in just the past three weeks. Not enough vulnerable people have been vaccinated against the flu
12th Jan 2018 - Calgary Herald

Vulnerable urged to get flu vaccine as cases of virus double

In the UK, cases of flu have doubled and eight people died last week, according to figures that reveal the extent of the outbreak sweeping the country. Doctors are urging anyone eligible for a vaccination to take up the offer amid concern that the uptake has been too low. Hospital chiefs in England said they had run out of beds as they battled with “very high” rates of flu
12th Jan 2018 - The Times

36 flu deaths in Kentucky includes two children

In Kentucky, the Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, says two children have died from the flu this season. "Of the thirty-six flu-related deaths reported so far this season, two of those were children," said the Acting Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard. "The average age of death of the other thirty-four people who died as a result of flu is 75 years of age," said Dr. Howard.
12th Jan 2018 - WKYT

China Focus: Beijing, neighbors move to contain flu outbreak

Beijing and neighboring regions are taking measures to contain the winter flu outbreak, as various viruses put pressure on medical resources. Flu infections this winter are 71 percent above the average for the same period in the previous three years, with child cases rising sharply. Influenza virus B, as well as H1N1 and H3N2, subtypes of influenza virus A, are among the most widespread, said Wang Quanyi, with the Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control
12th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

State emergency issued as result of flu outbreak in Alabama

A state public health emergency has been issued in Alabama as a result of the flu outbreak across the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health has ample supply of the flu vaccine throughout the county health departments. "We have a crisis situation going on" regarding the flu outbreak, said Scott Harris, acting state health officer with the Alabama Department of Public Health. "This is the normal season of the flu," he said during a Friday afternoon press conference. It is "nothing out of ordinary in the type ... but we are seeing large numbers."
11th Jan 2018 - Montgomery Advertiser

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Flu cases: Surge in hospital admissions

Hospitals in England are now seeing very high rates of patients with flu, according to Public Health England figures. A sharp rise in cases seen by GPs in the past week - up 78% on the week before - suggests it could be the worst flu season for seven years. But PHE said the current levels of flu were "not unprecedented". Deaths from flu remained static with 27 in the past seven days.
11th Jan 2018 - BBC

Flu levels soaring with one in five hospital cases suffering 'Aussie flu'

11th Jan 2018 - Daily Telegraph

UK flu cases in hospitals soar by 50 percent in a week with one in five suffering from 'Aussie' strain, Public Health England reveals

11th Jan 2018 - Evening Standard

Flu kills 48 this winter with 24 people killed in just one week as Aussie flu sweeps Britain

11th Jan 2018 - Mirror.co.uk

Scottish flu cases double in the last week

The rate of flu in Scotland has again more than doubled over the past week. Weekly figures released by Health Protection Scotland showed an increase in cases from 46 per 100,000 people in the last week of December to 107 per 100,000 in the first week of January. The flu status has been raised from "normal" seasonal activity to "moderate". The figures also showed that a further 30 patients needed intensive care
11th Jan 2018 - BBC

Flu cases more than double in New Year

12th Jan 2018 - The Scotsman

NY child dies of flu; Virus still hitting Central New York hardest

A New York child from downstate has died of the flu, the state's first pediatric flu death this season.The health department said anyone who has not received a flu shot yet should get one immediately. "Getting vaccinated is not just about protecting yourself, it also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable, like babies and young children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions," Dr. Howard Zucker, the state's health commissioner, said
11th Jan 2018 - Syracuse.com

2018 flu season already deadly, vaccine may be less effective than years prior

In the past week, New York has seen cases of influenza climb 37%, with new cases reported in 61 of 62 counties, New York Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a press release. As of Jan. 6, 3,606 people have been hospitalized across the state with influenza this season.
11th Jan 2018 - New York Daily News

4 new flu deaths reported in North Carolina

Health officials in North Carolina reported four new flu deaths on Thursday, while a school canceled classes for the rest of the week and hospitals announced restrictions on visitors because of the outbreak. The four deaths raised the death toll for the 2017-18 flu season to 20
11th Jan 2018 - Asheville Citizen-Times

Flu cases spike as Minnesota enters peak season

Minnesota State health officials reported a sharp increase in hospitalizations related to influenza last week, along with the first pediatric death, suggesting that the state is in for a bumpy flu season. An alert from the Minnesota Department of Health on Thursday urged people to seek vaccination before the annual flu season reaches it traditional peak — usually in January or February.
11th Jan 2018 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Influenza deaths baffle experts

In Pakistan, health experts have expressed their astonishment over the ongoing spell of influenza across the country which has so far claimed 17 lives. According to the NIH, influenza-A and H1N1 has been declared a seasonal flu, but the 17 deaths have caught officials unawares. “We have no information what other chronic diseases these patients were suffering from which affected their condition and caused death,” NIH Field Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Division (FEDSD) Chief Dr Jameel Ansari stated
11th Jan 2018 - The Express Tribune

2 people die of swine flu in Iraq

Two people have died of A/H1N1, in Iraq's central province of Salahudin, a medical source said on Thursday. "We have many cases suspected to be infected with swine flu in the province, especially in the town of Balad, some 80 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, two of them have died," Dr. Khalid Burhan, deputy head of health department of Salahudin province, said
11th Jan 2018 - Xinhua

Severe flu season hits Oregon, killing 1 child

An Oregon child died earlier this month from the flu, which is raging across the state. The death comes amid a severe flu season nationwide, with 14 pediatric deaths as of the last week of December, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest state report shows a sharply rising spike in emergency department visits for flu-like symptoms since the beginning of December, and it's yet to level off.
11th Jan 2018 - Oregon Live

Spike in NI flu cases over the past week

In Northern Ireland, there has been a spike in the number of people diagnosed with flu. Over the past seven days, the Public Health Agency said there has been a significant increase in people attending GP surgeries with flu-like symptoms. The number of cases is now at the highest in three years, but still almost 50% lower than the swine flu outbreak of 2010. There have been four flu-related deaths this winter in Northern Ireland.
11th Jan 2018 - ITV

Flu-related deaths continue to climb in Idaho

It's early in the flu season and already 23 flu-related deaths have been reported in Idaho. In an average flu season, public health officials say that's the total number of deaths. Public health officials say the flu vaccine is a good match for the viruses this year and protects against three or four of the different strains.
10th Jan 2018 - KTVB

Flu Season Is Hitting Especially Early, Prompting Concerns From Health Officials

U.S. health officials are warning that influenza season may be reaching peak levels earlier than usual this year, with the deadly virus already considered widespread across most of the country and blamed for 27 deaths in California.
10th Jan 2018 - wsbtv.com

China's flu season trailing off but one hospital has to close clinic due to doctor shortage

In China, the peak season for flu this year (2018) has been spreading more aggressively than previous years, but it will trail off as usual at the start of the winter school vacation in January, according to a senior health official. The Chinese CDC is encouraging the development of vaccines that can prevent all four strains, and it is expected that at least one company on the mainland will be able to produce such vaccines by the fall
10th Jan 2018 - The Straits Times

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The flu epidemic continues to have Switzerland in its grip

Switzerland continues to be in the grip on a flu epidemic: the disease is widespread, especially in western Switzerland, Ticino and the canton of Graubunden. The flu has hit hardest children between the ages of 0 to 4 years and people between the ages of 30 and 64 years. Last week, doctors from the Sentinella reporting system reported 62.9 suspected cases of influenza per 1,000 consultations, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) website on Wednesday. This data can be extrapolated to 331 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
10th Jan 2018 - Swissinfo.ch

Flu cases rise sharply

In Switzerland, the flu epidemic rose again sharply for the third week in a row. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) speaks of an "stronger than expected" epidemic, because the vaccine appears to have had only a limited effect. "We do not have an explanation for that. It's a new phenomenon," said Daniel Koch of the BAG Division Communicable Diseases. In the case of B viruses, which are dominating this year, it is actually unusual for them to trigger such strong flu epidemics. It is not yet foreseeable how this whole situation may develop going forward.
10th Jan 2018 - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)

Flu epidemic: 15 to 64 years old group worst affected in France

In France, people between the ages of 15 to 64 years old are the worst affected by the flu epidemic this year: exactly how many deaths in that age group can be attributed to the flu isn't clear yet, but it is likely that one of the flu strains circulating is new to younger people's immune system, making them more vulnerable
10th Jan 2018 - Le Monde

Flu virus killing younger people this year

10th Jan 2018 - Les Echos

Flu virus kills younger patients this year

10th Jan 2018 - bfmtv.com

Short respite from the flu epidemic

In France, data on the first week of January shows a fall in the number of flu symptoms seen by doctors. However this respite may be short-lived as children go back to school. Besides, the A(H1N1) strain is new to younger people and causing more hospital stays. The Health Ministry is keeping up the awareness campaign advising people on how to avoid spreading or catching the flu
10th Jan 2018 - Pourquoi Docteur

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10th Jan 2018 - Reseau Sentinelles

100,000 flu cases and 1 death as outbreak worsens in Taiwan

Over 100,000 people sought treatment for the flu in emergency rooms across Taiwan as the Type B influenza outbreak spreads in Taiwan, and the number of cases will probably continue to increase, the Centers for Disease Control announced. Currently, there are 100,000 doses of the free flu vaccine still available, and those who have not been vaccinated yet should go ahead and do so
10th Jan 2018 - Taiwan News

Strain of "Japanese flu" set to spread across Scotland and children are at most risk

A new strain of flu is set to spread across Scotland after hitting the UK - and children are most at risk. 'Japanese flu', which is more contagious than the 'Aussie flu' also sweeping the country, puts kids aged two to eight in the danger range. The virus, known as Yamagata flu, has already hit Ireland and now UK doctors are advising parents to have their young children vaccinated against the bug. Children are more susceptible because they are what experts call ‘super shedders’, meaning they excrete more of the virus because their immune systems cannot distinguish between what makes them ill and what will kill them.
10th Jan 2018 - Scottish Daily Record

Deadly flu season hits California particularly hard

In California, more patients are being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, some stores have had spot shortages of flu medications, and there have been 27 flu-related deaths reported among patients younger than 65, according to the California Department of Public Health.
10th Jan 2018 - KRDO

Flu Claims More Lives As the Virus Continues to Hit the US

With flu activity now widespread across most of the United States, the CDC says the 2017-2018 flu season is looking much like 2014-2015, the country’s most severe flu season in recent years. According to the CDC’s weekly FluView report for week 52 ending December 30, 2017, 46 states are reporting widespread flu activity, up from 36 states during the previous week.
10th Jan 2018 - Contagion Live.com

He was 21 and fit. He tried to push through the flu — and it killed him

A fit and healthy 21 year old man has died from the flu in the U.S., highlighting the dangers of flu complications. Each year, as many as 650,000 people die from respiratory complications related to influenza. “These figures indicate the high burden of influenza and its substantial social and economic cost to the world,” Peter Salama, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said in a news release. “They highlight the importance of influenza prevention for seasonal epidemics, as well as preparedness for pandemics.”
10th Jan 2018 - Washington Post

Killer ‘Aussie flu’ is more severe than swine flu – but fears of a pandemic are ‘over the top’

Individuals struck down by the H3N2 bug are likely to feel more violently ill than those who battled swine flu during the pandemic of 2009-10. But, the new strain does not appear to be as infectious as H1N1, so is unlikely to hit as many people. Professor Robert Dingwall, flu expert at Nottingham Trent University, said fears of an "Aussie flu" pandemic are "over the top"
10th Jan 2018 - The Sun

Hong Kong enters winter influenza season

In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health announced that local seasonal influenza activity has continued to increase in the past week and exceeded the baseline level, indicating that Hong Kong has entered the 2017-18 winter influenza season.
10th Jan 2018 - Crofsblogs.typepad.com

Six Influenza Related Deaths Reported

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department confirms there were 6 deaths from influenza in the past two weeks within Santa Barbara County. All 6 individuals were over age 65. This number is significantly higher than the number of deaths typically recorded during previous influenza seasons
10th Jan 2018 - Santa Barbara Edhat

North West in ‘red zone’ as Aussie flu outbreak continues to spread

Statistics released by the HSE shows that the ‘Aussie flu’ has spread to all parts of Ireland, with the East of the country being the worst affected. The maps, which reflect figures collected between week 51 and 52 of 2017, illustrates the rampant spread of the illness. The Aussie flu is currently categorised as having “localised activity” in Donegal
10th Jan 2018 - Donegal Daily.com

120 influenza cases confirmed across the country

In Pakistan, a total of 400 suspected cases of H1N1 influenza have been reported across the country so far, out of which 120 influenza positive cases have been confirmed in the country, resulting in 20 deaths.
10th Jan 2018 - Pakistan Today

"Aussie flu" outbreak: Hospitals in Cumbria see spike in cases

In the UK, a Cumbrian health boss says cases of flu are on the rise in hospitals across the county. It comes as some GP surgeries in the county are running low on stocks of the flu jab, with the threat of Aussie flu prompting a high uptake of the vaccination locally.
10th Jan 2018 - News and Star

"Aussie flu" is "more severe than the Swine flu" pandemic of 2009 which killed nearly 300,000 people across the world, expert warns

The dreaded 'Aussie flu' is more severe than the Swine flu pandemic of 2009 which killed nearly 300,000 people across the world, an expert has warned. Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at Oxford University, believes this winter 'may well be worse than others'. His fears come amid the emergence of H3N2, an aggressive strain of influenza A that rocked Australia during its winter and triggered triple the usual number of cases.
10th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Deaths and hospitalizations rise as flu season hits full swing

In the U.S., with flu season now in full swing — causing widespread illness in 46 states — health officials across the country are reporting waves of misery, rising hospitalizations and some deaths. It is still too soon to say just how bad this flu season will be, but there are troubling signs in some places.
9th Jan 2018 - USA Today

H3N2 virus has reached the UK

In Australia, 170,000 people have been infected with the flu virus. More than 300 died from it. The pathogen, named as H3N2, has reached Britain. But the problems there have other causes, an expert suggests. Professor John Oxford argues that the resulting problems are not due to the Aussie virus but to the country's lack of investment in health. "There is a shortage of doctors and nurses, and politicians are trying to push these abuses onto the flu virus," said the virologist, who works at the University of London.
9th Jan 2018 - N-tv.de

About 90% of all the influenza cases we are seeing appear to be of the milder variety - Ministry of Health

In December 2017 there were some 43 cases of A(H1N1) influenza while there were none in the corresponding month one year earlier. The head of Infectology at the Hospital Carlos Andrade Marín, David Larreategui, said this virus is now freely circulating and people, particularly those most at risk, ought to get themselves protected by getting vaccinated
6th Jan 2018 - El Comercio.com

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Number of flu-related deaths jumps to 91

In the U.S., the number of reported influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region doubled last week, bringing this season’s total to 91, while the number of lab-confirmed flu cases was down, county health officials reported Tuesday. Despite the skyrocketing number of cases, health officials told the Board of Supervisors it hasn’t yet reached emergency status. Public health officials say it’s not too late to get vaccinated
9th Jan 2018 - Fox5 San Diego

San Diego flu deaths double, cases down

9th Jan 2018 - CBS8.com

Flu's death toll doubles to 91; nearly 3,000 more cases reported in last week

9th Jan 2018 - San Diego Tribune

110 cases of AH1N1 flu recorded across the country, according to the Ministry of Health

According to health authorities, a total of 110 cases of influenza A(H1N1) have been recorded during the last 15 days of December and the first few days of January. The majority of cases, 99, were concentrated in Pichincha. The next highest numbers were in Azuay, Canar, Guayas, Esmeraldas and Imbabura. At the previous meeting, the Ministry of Health spokesperson, Carlos Duran, reported that there were 43 confirmed cases of influenza between 15 to 31 December 2017. That difference (67) corresponds to January.
10th Jan 2018 - El Comercio.com

Flu Peaks Early In Illinois, 344 Patients In ICU In 2017

Flu season is peaking early in Illinois, with 135 more influenza outbreaks statewide compared with a year ago. Statewide, there were 344 patients admitted to intensive care units with flu-related illness between the start of 2017 and New Year's Eve, the Chicago Tribune reported. Last year, flu season peaked in February
10th Jan 2018 - Patch

Dallas County Flu Deaths This Season Rise to 18

Seven more people have died of the flu in Dallas County, bringing the total number of Dallas County flu-related deaths this season to 18, health officials tell NBC 5. Dallas County Health and Human Services said Tuesday that six of the patients were residents of Dallas and one patient was a Garland resident. All patients had health conditions considered to be of "high risk" and died after complications from the seasonal flu.
10th Jan 2018 - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Pa. sees a dozen new deaths as flu continues to surge

Twelve new deaths related to the flu were reported during the week leading up to Sunday, according to updated figures from the Pennsylvania Department of Health released Tuesday. The overall number of influenza cases continued a surge that began in late December. During the week ending Jan. 6, the number of flu cases rose by about 1,500, bringing the total to about 4,500.
9th Jan 2018 - PennLive.com

California flu season could be one of the worst in a decade, state officials say

California health officials said Tuesday that the state’s flu season could turn out to be one of the nastiest the state has seen in a long time. “This appears to be one of the worst seasons we’ve had in the last 10 years,” state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez said in a call with reporters. “We’re early, and we’re trending up.” Most people in California and nationwide are catching a strain of influenza A known as H3N2, which tends to be deadlier than other strains.
9th Jan 2018 - Los Angeles Times

At least 29 people in hospital with the flu in Derby

Hospitals in Derby in the UK are currently treating 29 confirmed cases of influenza, and a further five suspected cases are undergoing testing. This comes after reports across the country of a sharp rise in the number of people reporting flu-like symptoms. However, Public Health England has said that the recent rise in cases is "in-keeping" with previous years.
9th Jan 2018 - Derby Telegraph

Severe flu in California brings medicine shortages, kills 27

California is reeling from a particularly severe surge in cases of the flu—with pharmacies running out of medicine, packed emergency rooms and a rising death toll. State health officials say that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October. That’s compared to three the same time last year. National health officials predict the flu vaccine may only be about 32 percent effective this year. But most people are catching a particularly dangerous strain of influenza that the vaccine typically doesn’t work well against. Pharmacies are also running out of Tamiflu due to a sharp rise in demand
9th Jan 2018 - Fox News

This flu season most severe city has seen, says Calgary E.R. head

In Canada, Calgary is experiencing one of its most severe flu seasons. The latest flu numbers show Calgary has had far more hospitalizations and deaths than any other part of the province before the Christmas season even hit. Craig Jenne, an assistant professor in the University of Calgary's department of microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases, said scientists are starting to see evidence that this year's flu vaccine isn't as effective as in past years. But science is starting to show there is good reason to not miss the annual flu shot. "New evidence out this year says even when the vaccine completely mismatches, if you get vaccinated year after year, you might still get sick but you get less sick," Jenne said.
9th Jan 2018 - CBC.ca

More Deaths Reported As Flu Continues To Grip North Texas

In Texas, officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed seven more flu-related deaths, bringing the total in that county this season to 18. While doctors say the strain of flu causing the spike can’t be avoided with the flu shot, they still recommend that everyone get the vaccine.
9th Jan 2018 - CBS Dallas

Pregnant woman dies from flu in Middle Tennessee

In the U.S., a pregnant woman died from the flu in Middle Tennessee, marking the state's fourth death during the 2017-2018 flu season. Tennessee Department of Health officials said last week that three children had died from the flu in the state
9th Jan 2018 - KnoxNews.com

70-year-old woman year’s first victim of swine flu in Lahore

In Pakistan, the first swine flu case of 2018 has appeared in Lahore with a 70-year-old woman testing positive for the disease. Swine flu is fast becoming a menace for the population of Punjab; in December 2017, five people died because of the disease in Multan’s Nishter Hospital. However it is not just swine flu that has been claiming lives. An outbreak of seasonal influenza in Multan has claimed 17 lives in the last 23 days with a total of 47 patients being diagnosed with the disease.
9th Jan 2018 - Pakistan Today

Barrington student, 10, dies of flu complications: officials

In Illinois, a 10 year-old has died from complications from the flu. Last year, a total of four flu-related pediatric deaths were reported in Illinois. It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether the child had received a flu vaccine this season or not
9th Jan 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Flu case numbers spiking across Canada, but peak could be few weeks off: experts

The number of flu cases is continuing to rise across Canada, suggesting the peak of infections with one of the dominant circulating strains could come within a few weeks — or even sooner, say infectious diseases experts, who describe this influenza season as “unusual.” “We really haven’t seen a season quite like this in a little while,” said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, referring to the mix of two primary strains making people sick during this year’s epidemic.
8th Jan 2018 - Vancouver Sun

Flu map shows an increase in North East cases as virus spreads and doctors warn of 'real crisis'

In the UK, flu is spreading through the North East with a heatmap showing an increase in cases over the past three days. ‘Aussie flu’ is putting pressure on the NHS this winter, with more than 1,650 admitted to hospital around the country diagnosed with the strain. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said a “real crisis” had developed since New Year’s Eve.
8th Jan 2018 - Chronicle Live

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Hospital emergencies overloaded by worst flu outbreak in three years

With hospitals across much of China packed with patients stricken by the most severe flu outbreak in years, epidemiologists say the virus cannot be compared to SARS. Health institutions in China are reporting many more flu cases this year than the last three winters. Kindergarten and primary school students are most affected, China National Radio reported, quoting the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
8th Jan 2018 - ECNS

Flu epidemic no cause for SARS panic

8th Jan 2018 - China.org.cn

Aussie flu: map of UK suggests rising number of cases across the country

A map of the UK which reveals the worst hit area for flu has shown that cases are rising across the country. There are currently less than five areas in the UK with no cases of influenza, showing a significant increase in the last three days.
8th Jan 2018 - The Independent

Deadly ‘Australian flu’ infecting thousands in UK

8th Jan 2018 - News.com.au

Only three areas in UK still safe as killer Aussie Flu that claimed 48 lives spreads

8th Jan 2018 - The Daily Star

Aussie Flu: Public Health England reveal 45 people admitted to ICU with H3N2 since October

8th Jan 2018 - Somerset Live

"Aussie flu" has contaminated almost every part of the UK in last 24 hours

8th Jan 2018 - Plymouth Herald

Only two areas in the UK remain unaffected by ‘Aussie flu’

8th Jan 2018 - Metro

"Red zone" map reveals rapid spread of illness across London and UK amid rising cases of Australian flu

8th Jan 2018 - Evening Standard

The rate of flu vaccination for the elderly is below health authorities targets

Getting the elderly and at risk groups to be vaccinated against the flu is proving to be harder among older adults, because there is apathy and distrust of the health authorities. The director of IseSalud said that under five years of age population has been vaccinated in the normal fashion, not so the elderly. According to the most recent statistics dating from January 2, only around 65% have got a flu shot, with the end of the campaign falling on the last day of March. "Misinformation about the vaccine you make you get sicker, the truth is that the vaccine prevents virus serotypes that could cause hospitalization," health experts said
8th Jan 2018 - La Cronica.com

Sesa records a 76% success rate in vaccinating target groups against the flu to date

The Ministry of Health (SESA) reported that during the winter season to date, they have managed to vaccinate 76.6 percent of their proposed target groups against influenza, which represents 187,000 doses of vaccine distributed for the benefit of the Tlaxcalteca population.
8th Jan 2018 - El Sol de Tlaxcala

Already ‘Moderately Severe,’ Flu Season in U.S. Could Get Worse

In the U.S., the flu season is turning into a “moderately severe” one that might get worse because of an imperfect vaccine and steady cold weather, flu experts and public health officials said. The flu is now widespread across the country and the peak of transmission probably occurred during the Christmas-New Year’s holiday week, said Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the influenza division of the CDC. About 80 percent of cases are of the H3N2 strain, which caused many hospitalizations and deaths this year in Australia
8th Jan 2018 - New York Times

CDC Flu Update: Influenza Activity Spikes

In the U.S., influenza activity increased sharply again in this week’s FluView report from the CDC. The number of jurisdictions experiencing high activity went from 21 states to 26 states and New York City and the number of states reporting widespread activity went from 36 to 46. Influenza-like illness went from 4.9% to 5.8%. ‎These indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years
8th Jan 2018 - Infection Control Today

Karachi hospital confirms 28 cases of H1N1 seasonal influenza

In Pakistan, a private hospital in Karachi has confirmed 28 cases of the H1N1 (seasonal influenza A), with several other patients complaining of symptoms similar to that of the deadly disease. Director Health Karachi Dr Tahir Aziz said that up till now 28 cases have been reported of the seasonal influenza at the city's Aga Khan Hospital.
8th Jan 2018 - Geo News Pakistan

Swine flu rears its head in Hyderabad

In India, after a lull of over a month, the swine flu virus has reared its head again, infecting two elderly people from Hitech City. Public health officials portend more infections that may continue well into summer.
8th Jan 2018 - The Hindu

'Aussie flu' set to cause record hospital admissions as no area of Scotland left unaffected by risk of deadly bug

The risk of deadly Aussie flu is continuing to spread across Scotland with a sharp rise in reports of influenza in the last 24 hours. Just a handful of towns have been left unaffected, with new cases being reported all the time. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said a “real crisis” had developed since New Year’s Eve. Doctors have stressed that it is not too late for people to have the flu jab.
8th Jan 2018 - Daily Record

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This year's flu is more dangerous and deadly in California, report says

In California, emergency rooms are crowded, pharmacies are running out of medicine, and the death toll is rising, the LA Times reports. As of Friday, Jan. 5, 27 people younger than the age of 65 have died from the flu in California since October—only three died last year within the same timeframe, according to the report. Some officials note it’s still tough to say if this year is worse than last year’s flu season.
7th Jan 2018 - Salon

Packed emergency rooms, deaths as flu hits California hard

6th Jan 2018 - Kcra.com

Severe flu brings medicine shortages, packed ERs and a rising death toll in California

6th Jan 2018 - Los Angeles Times

Just two areas of the UK are free from Aussie flu as hospitals close their doors to visitors and churches ban handshakes to stem the epidemic

In the UK, just two places remain uninfected by the 'Aussie flu' virus as it rapidly spreads across the country. Only Dorchester and the City of London have reported zero cases, according to website Flusurvey.org.uk. Perthsire, Inverness, Preston, Glasgow and Midlothian - previously untouched - have now all reported cases of the dangerous new H3N2 strain of Influenza A. The online FluSurvey map, which updates every three minutes, relies on self-reported data from patients, meaning the true figure is likely to be much higher
7th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Aussie Flu: Latest map shows 'deadly' virus creeping towards Bristol as it engulfs UK

7th Jan 2018 - Bristol Post

Map shows North-east among worst hit by potentially deadly flu virus

6th Jan 2018 - Aberdeen Evening Express

Aussie flu "red zones" spreading in Scotland as deadly bug strengthens in six more UK hotspots in 24 hours

6th Jan 2018 - Daily Record

NHS swamped by flu crisis as admissions triple in a week – and killer Aussie strain spreads

5th Jan 2018 - The Sun

Flu hotspots mapped: Areas worst hit by virus as deadly Aussie strain arrives in UK

5th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

Map reveals UK areas worst hit by Aussie flu as 17 victims fight for life in intensive care

5th Jan 2018 - The Sun

Influenza death toll in Multan rises to 14

In Pakistan, an outbreak of seasonal influenza in Multan has claimed 14 lives so far, as health authorities continue to struggle to contain the epidemic. Eight more patients suspected of having contracted the virus were hospitalised in last 24 hours. A team of specialist doctors arrived in Multan earlier this week for the treatment of the influenza. The team has been deployed at Nishtar Hospital while a massive influenza vaccination drive has been launched in the region
7th Jan 2018 - Pakistan Observer

Influenza toll rises to 14 as woman dies in Multan

5th Jan 2018 - Samaa NewsTV

Ohio flu hospitalizations exceed 2,000 this season

Flu hospitalizations in Ohio have topped 2,000 for the 2017-2018 flu season, and state officials are stressing it is not too late to get a flu vaccine. Ohio is now reporting 2,104 flu-associated hospitalizations for the 2017-18 flu season, compared to 369 at this same time last year, according to the department.
5th Jan 2018 - Dayton Daily News

More than 2000 flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio

5th Jan 2018 - Cincinnati.com

Seasonal flu hospitalizations top 2000 in Ohio

5th Jan 2018 - The Paulding County Progress

Flu counts jump as 46 states report widespread activity - CIDRAP

Influenza activity shot up across the U.S. last week, according to the latest FluView weekly report. Geographic indicators and increasing hospitalizations all suggest high flu activity. Now 46 states are experiencing widespread flu activity, with only Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey reporting regional levels of influenza. New York City and 26 states reported high influenza-like illness activity. Nine states and Puerto Rico reported moderate activity, and 15 states and the District of Colombia reported low or minimal activity.
5th Jan 2018 - CIDRAP

Widespread flu hits 46 states, over 900 hospitalized in Ohio alone

6th Jan 2018 - NBC4i.com

Michigan reporting widespread flu activity across the state

5th Jan 2018 - WILX-TV

Michigan strain of H1N1 detected

In India, more than 100 cases of H1N1 influenza have been recorded in Jaipur, Rajasthan, with over 10 deaths in the past one week. The spike in the cases is being attributed a new type of H1N1 virus called the Michigan strain. The Rajasthan government on January 3 sounded an alert in the State after more than 400 people were diagnosed positive for swine flu virus in December 2017.
7th Jan 2018 - The Hindu

More cases of A(H3N2) confirmed by health authorities

The Ministry of Health (SSA) reports that there were 735 confirmed cases of influenza and 9 deaths this season, according to Pablo Kuri, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion. In an interview, the official indicated that, according to data as of January 4, most cases of influenza are of type A H3N2. "What strikes us is that most are A(H3N2), 154. There are only seven A H1N1," he explained. Although there are fewer cases of A H1N1 virus than expected for this season, explained Kuri, you should not lower your guard, because the influenza period has not ended yet. The Deputy Secretary of the SSA indicated that January is usually the most critical month for this disease, so that more cases could occur.
7th Jan 2018 - NTR Zacatecas .com

It's flu season — and this could be the worst one Hawaii sees in years

Nationwide in the U.S., this flu season is being called one of the worst on record since 2009, and Hawaii health experts say the state is already seeing a spike in cases. Health experts say this year's dominant strain of flu called H3N2 is unfortunately one of the nastiest because it tends to cause severe illness in people and historically vaccines have not been as effective against the strain.
7th Jan 2018 - Hawaii News Now

Doctors warn after Dubai resident dies of flu complications

In the UAE, doctors are urging patients to take flu vaccinations after a man died last week in Dubai due to pneumonia caused by influenza. Dr Mohammed Ashraf, specialist in Internal Medicine, Universal Hospital, said that the 35-year-old Pakistani man was healthy but his condition deteriorated rapidly. Prevention is the key, Dr Ashraf noted, and taking the flu vaccination before the fall season is crucial
7th Jan 2018 - Khaleej Times

Scottish flu deaths at worst rate in Britain

7th Jan 2018 - The Times

Two confirmed cases of severe H1N1 virus in La Spezia

Two "particularly severe" cases of the swine flu H1N1 virus have been recorded in in recent days. A man and a woman over fifty spent several days in care at the Sant'Andrea hospital. Currently both patients are under antiviral treatment with antibiotics. The conditions are still classified as "extremely severe".
6th Jan 2018 - Meteo Web

One Southern Oklahoma county has the highest numbers of flu hospitalizations in recent study

According to a report from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Johnston County is in the top ten counties for most people hospitalized for the flu from September to December 2017, totaling to eleven people hospitalized. 465 people were hospitalized in Oklahoma with the flu within the past four months. That same report shows that southern Oklahoma had a relatively small number of people hospitalized from the flu, but in Johnston County, you can see a noticeable difference.
6th Jan 2018 - KXII

Flu crisis "to double in intensity" as Taoiseach criticised for lack of action on hospital beds

In Ireland, as the health crisis threatens to disrupt the new school term, it was claimed last night that parents have not been issued clear advice over whether to keep their children at home. The HSE's assistant national director Dr Kevin Kelleher said the crisis will "double in intensity" over the next fortnight. However, he said we have not reached a point whereby school closures will be ordered.
6th Jan 2018 - Independent.ie

Officials reveal 185 people here hit by strain of bug linked to Aussie Flu

In Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency has confirmed that there have been 185 cases of the flu group that includes the so-called 'Aussie Flu' strain. In this month's flu surveillance bulletin, the PHA said that flu activity in NI had "not even crossed the line" of the "pre-epidemic threshold", and that this year's season had shown "low flu activity to date". The PHA bulletin added: "It is important that the public does not become complacent and miss getting their vaccine if they are eligible."
6th Jan 2018 - Belfast Telegraph

Spike in flu cases as fears grow over NHS winter pressure

GP consultations for flu-like symptoms rose in all UK countries in the final week of 2017, while hospital admissions for influenza soared to 'very high' levels, as signs grew that flu could put the NHS under growing pressure this winter.
5th Jan 2018 - GP Online

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Flu kills 34 more people, including a 1-year-old, in San Diego

The number of deaths associated with this year’s severe flu season has quadrupled in a week, according to the latest update from San Diego county Health and Human Services Agency. An additional 34 deaths were added to the tally Wednesday, including a one-year-old boy, as influenza raged throughout the region in what experts say is the fiercest battle with the rapidly-mutating virus they’ve experienced since 2009
4th Jan 2018 - San Diego Union-Tribune

Flu deaths up; 45 in San Diego alone inlcuding a baby

4th Jan 2018 - WILX-TV

Are you in an Aussie flu hotspot? Map shows red zones worst hit by deadly bug

A UK-wide 'red zone' map showing the areas worst hit by flu has been issued by an online influenza surveillance system. The map - which covers all types of the bug including the deadly Aussie flu strain - shows a gradient of no reports to 'very high' reports. The data from the FluSurvey map is used by researchers at Public Health England and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
4th Jan 2018 - Mirror

Aussie flu: Teesside among the "red zone" areas as bug spreads across UK

4th Jan 2018 - Gazette Live

The areas of Greater Manchester revealed as influenza 'hotspots' amid spread of deadly Aussie flu strain

4th Jan 2018 - Manchester Evening News

Do you live in an 'Aussie flu' hotspot? Map reveals the worst hit areas in the UK as Government data shows deaths have doubled in the space of a week

4th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

In the last fortnight of December there were 43 cases of A(H1N1)

A total of 43 cases of H1N1 flu were recorded from December 15 to 31, 2017 across the country. This number is higher than at the same time in the same month a year earlier when there were no cases, according to the Health Minister, Carlos Duran. As of January 2018, no fresh cases have been reported. But in January 2017 there were nine cases of influenza confirmed, the official said on Thursday morning
4th Jan 2018 - El Commercio

Very few people are getting vaccinated against influenza: Solís García

Despite the fact that a strong flu vaccination campaign has been running since October, which will end on March 30, there has not been a good response from local people with few of them applying to get vaccinated against flu, according to health coordinator, Solis Garcia
4th Jan 2018 - Diario Puntual

Rajasthan Government Issued Red Alert Over Swine Flu Disease with 63 Cases in 2 Days

In India, Rajasthan’s health department has conducted a video conference with officials over swine flu cases in 2017. With the state reporting a total of 3,619 cases of swine flu and 279 deaths in 2017, a red alert was issued all over the state and officials were asked to be more careful about the disease in order to prevent more deaths
4th Jan 2018 - Press KS

"Take your elderly home to free beds": Now NHS chiefs urge relatives to help them ease crisis on the wards

Pressures on the NHS are likely to intensify later this week, with the return of freezing temperatures predicted across the UK. Experts are particularly worried about an aggressive flu strain, H3N2 – responsible for Australia's worst flu epidemic in 50 years. The main reason A&E units are overcrowded is because hospital wards are extremely full, so anyone arriving to A&E who needs to be admitted must wait for hours on a trolley until a bed is free
4th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Spike in flu could mean more cases this season

Experts say the 2017-2018 U.S. flu season is seeing more cases than this time last year, and could mean a worse flu season ahead when it comes to the number of cases. The entire country is seeing a spike in the number of flu cases and Southwest Florida is no exception. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County said peak flu season is typically in February, but we're seeing it now.
4th Jan 2018 - Fox 4

"Aussie flu" deaths double in a week: Government data reveals the UK is succumbing to two aggressive strains of the killer virus at the same time

Flu deaths have doubled in the space of a week, Government figures reveal as fears of the worst outbreak in 50 years loom large. Public Health England data also shows the killer virus has left 1,078 in hospital since October - a quarter of which because of so-called 'Aussie flu'. The latest figures state 48 people have lost their lives to the bug already this winter, compared to the 23 deaths recorded last week.
4th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

GP consultation rates for flu-like symptoms rise further as "Aussie flu" hits

Rates of GP consultations for flu continued to rise last week with the entire UK now affected by several influenza strains.Public Health England's weekly flu update, for the period up to 31 December, also revealed a sharp rise in hospitalisations for the dreaded 'Aussie flu' H3N2 strain. PHE medical director Professor Paul Cosford said: 'The vaccine is the best defence we have against the spread of flu and it isn’t too late to get vaccinated.'
4th Jan 2018 - Pulse

Flu present across France but remains moderate

The flu is now epidemic across France, but seems to be moderate in strength according to Santé publique France. There have been 31 deaths caused by the flu among people admitted to A&E since November 1st
4th Jan 2018 - Ici.fr

20 die from flu in Washington state

In the U.S., State health officials say 20 people have died from the flu so far this season in Washington state. Officials say most of the people who have died from the flu were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions. Health officials say annual flu vaccination is the best method of prevention against illness
4th Jan 2018 - Bellingham Herald

State officials report 7 more flu deaths in North Carolina, 20 for the season

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that there have been seven more flu deaths, raising this season’s total to 20. Officials announced on Dec. 28 the state’s first child flu death. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the child’s family,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore, in a statement. “If anything positive comes from this tragic loss, we hope it will be that people understand that flu is a serious illness. Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu, and it’s still not too late to get a flu shot.”
4th Jan 2018 - MyFox8.com

Texas Is Suffering Through its Worst Flu Outbreak in Decades

In the U.S., Dallas County suffered its sixth death of the 2017-18 flu season Tuesday, marking another low point in one of the worst flu seasons in decades, researchers say. While there are signs that Texas' infection rate may have peaked around the holidays, the state and Dallas County aren't out of the woods yet, according to set of tools being developed to keep people safe and better allocate resources during flu season.
4th Jan 2018 - Dallas Observer

Killer Aussie flu on rise as deadly bug leaves 17 fighting for life in intensive care

In the UK, Aussie flu is on the rise as 17 were left flighting for life in the last week, a government report has revealed. The number of people admitted to intensive care units with the deadly illness has almost doubled in the last seven days, according to Public Health England's weekly National Influenza Report.
4th Jan 2018 - Mirror

As flu season heats up, hospitals impose visitor restrictions

As flu activity increases in the U.S. and becomes widespread across Indiana, hospitals are implementing restrictions on patient visits. Dr. Virginia A. Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department, has asked the hospitals of all the major health systems in the county to limit visitors to the immediate family of patients. Those under 18 and those exhibiting symptoms of influenza will also not be allowed to visit.
4th Jan 2018 - IndyStar.com

Bad flu season in Louisiana getting worse

In the U.S., Louisiana remains one of the states with the most confirmed cases of influenza during the early half of the flu season. Department of Health’s Dr. Frank Welch says he is very concerned at the early aggressiveness the flu is showing this year. "In my 20 years doing this, I've never seen it this bad. Typically, when we get up around 4, 5, even 6%, that is a serious, serious flu year. We're up at 10% now in Louisiana." He recommends getting the flu shot
4th Jan 2018 - wwl.com

Confirmed flu cases at 113 and rising in Ottawa

Ottawa is still in the grips of the flu season with more than 100 confirmed cases, and the number is expected to rise in the coming weeks. According to Ottawa Public Health, there are already 113 confirmed influenza cases recorded since September and that number doesn't represent the extent of the illness. "We expect that there are many more cases out there because only a small number of people go to their doctor and get tested for the flu. The number of cases are still rising because we haven't seen that peak yet," said Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, an associate medical officer of health with OPH
3rd Jan 2018 - CBC

Flu cases rising across Oregon, Washington, Idaho; some deaths reported

More than 120 Oregonians were hospitalized for flu-related ailments the week ending Dec. 23. That's up from 85 cases the week prior. Oregon is one of 36 states nationwide reporting high levels of a flu outbreak, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. It doesn't help that this year's flu vaccination has not been particularly effective.
3rd Jan 2018 - KGW 8 Portland

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Infant dies from flu as local deaths, cases spike

In the U.S., a 12-month-old baby is one of 34 new flu deaths recently reported in San Diego, bringing this season’s total to 45, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced. The infant died Dec. 31, 2017. The ages of the deceased this flu season range from 1 to 100 years. All the people who died, for whom there is information available, had underlying medical conditions.
4th Jan 2018 - News 8 KFMB

Seasonal influenza: WHO, NIH teams arrive in Multan

In Pakistan, a four-member team from WHO and NIH arrived in Multan to monitor seasonal influenza cases at Nishtar Hospital. At least 56 suspected seasonal influenza patients had been reported from Nishtar Hospital so far, out of whom 12 died, the officials said.
3rd Jan 2018 - The Express Tribune

Experts arrive in Multan to check H1N1 epidemic

3rd Jan 2018 - The Nation

Flu outbreak in Snohomish County kills five; 50 hospitalized

In the U.S., influenza has killed five people in Snohomish County, part of an outbreak that has sent 50 people to local hospitals. Four of the five deaths occurred in a one-week period between Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. All had health conditions that made them more susceptible to the flu, said Heather Thomas, a Snohomish Health District spokeswoman.
4th Jan 2018 - The Daily Herald

Killer 'Aussie' flu sweeps the UK

Cases of the deadly 'Aussie' flu virus have soared by 156 per cent in just one week in the UK. Britain's National Health Service is bracing itself for what's predicted to be the worst flu season in 50 years, with doctors reporting patients overflowing into hospital corridors and ambulances queuing to get into emergency departments. The situation has been worsened by the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine.
4th Jan 2018 - 9News.com.au

"Exceptional" flu epidemic grips Finland

Finland's flu season has reached the epidemic level, says Niina Ikonen, a senior researcher at the National Institute for Health and Welfare. Health centres around the country report a spike in patients with flu-like symptoms. By the end of December, there were 834 diagnosed cases of influenza A viral infections and 1,729 cases of influenza B. According to the THL, flu vaccination coverage is good this season. The agency has distributed nearly 1.6 million vaccination doses.
3rd Jan 2018 - YLE

KP hospitals issued guidelines for acute respiratory illness

In Pakistan, the health department has issued preventive and management guidelines to hospitals for severe acute respiratory illness, which has claimed four lives in Punjab. The guidelines entitled “Public Health Influenza and Related Viruses”, ask the hospitals to adopt measures for prevention and control of seasonal influenza infections. They have been derived from documents developed by National Institute of Health Islamabad, World Health Organisation (WHO) and Centre for Disease Control to prevent and control seasonal influenza infections through surveillance and establishment of dedicated wards at the hospitals.
3rd Jan 2018 - Dawn

Widespread Flu: Cases Of Flu Continue To Climb In Illinois

Flu season continues across the U.S. and remains widespread in Illinois, which has reported one child death from influenza since October. Nationwide, three pediatric flu-related deaths were reported the week of Dec. 23. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity — which includes Illinois — has increased over the two weeks from 22 to 36 states, according to the CDC.
3rd Jan 2018 - Patch

NHS delays non-urgent operations after winter pressures

The National Health Service is not in crisis but more operations may need to be postponed to deal with winter pressures, the director of acute care for NHS England has said. Professor Keith Willett told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “A crisis is when you haven’t got in place mitigations and when you haven’t got a plan to deal with it.” His comments come after the decision to cancel all non-urgent operations until January 31 after an increase in flu and other winter illnesses put pressure on the availability of hospital beds. The move will mean that about 55,000 procedures will be deferred until February.
3rd Jan 2018 - Financial Times

Flu cases cause rise in NHS A&E visits as key target is missed

Attendances to Scotland's accident-and-emergency units in the week before Christmas have risen by almost 20 per cent on the previous year after a massive increase in flu cases. Health boards attributed the rise in demand to acute seasonal illnesses, with the rate of GP consultations for flu and respiratory infections rising by over a quarter during the period.
3rd Jan 2018 - HeraldScotland

Rajasthan sounds swine flu alert

In India, the Rajasthan government sounded an alert in the State after more than 400 people were diagnosed positive for the swine flu virus in December 2017. Rapid response teams of the health department were rushed to the areas where people were feared to have been affected by the H1N1 virus. “We are ensuring that swine flu symptoms are diagnosed early on and treatment is given,” State Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf said. According to medical and health department records, 241 swine flu deaths have occurred in the State since January 2017.
3rd Jan 2018 - The Hindu

With 13 deaths, Idaho officials say this flu season is the worst they’ve seen in 7 years

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has received five new reports in one week of Idahoans who died from an influenza-related illness, bringing the season total to 13 deaths. Idaho health officials have seen more influenza-related deaths at this point in the season than in the same time frame in the previous seven seasons, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
3rd Jan 2018 - Idaho Statesman

H1N1 claimed 777 lives in Maharashtra last year, 20 in Mumbai

In India, a total of 777 people succumbed to swine flu in Maharashtra in 2017, of which nearly 20 deaths were reported from Mumbai. Nearly 1,000 people had tested positive for the viral infection last year from the city. Going by this analysis, the H1N1 virus hit the state harder in 2017 than the previous year
3rd Jan 2018 - Times of India

Aussie flu continues to wreak havoc in Britain with more than 1,600 reported cases

The deadly ‘Aussie flu’ virus is continuing to wreak havoc in Britain, with some 1,649 people being struck with it over Christmas. Public Health England data shows cases have increased by 48% over the past seven days and are higher than previous winters. The rising number of flu cases is thought to be due to a surge in two aggressive subtypes attacking the population at the same time.
3rd Jan 2018 - Metro

GPs cancel leave and work overtime as practices are 'flooded' by flu

In the UK, GP leaders are cancelling leave or working late into the evening to deal with an influx of patients stricken by flu. This is occuring as GPs are encouraged to take on extra risk to keep patients out of hospital and after NHS England recommended hospitals cancel non-urgent appointments and operations until the end of the month.
3rd Jan 2018 - Pulse Today

Widespread Flu Activity Has Tripled in Two Weeks

The number of U.S. states reporting widespread flu activity tripled in just 2 weeks, as flu season continued to ramp up in the final weeks of 2017. With 36 states experiencing widespread flu activity during week 51 ending December 23, 2017, the U.S. is seeing a sharp rise in flu since reporting just 12 states with widespread flu activity in week 49. The CDC weekly FluView report for week 51 adds 13 new states to the list of those reporting widespread flu since the previous week
3rd Jan 2018 - Contagion Live

Flu epidemic in the Lot region of France

In the Lot region of France, the flu is here to stay. The flu vaccination campaign will be ongoing until 31st January, but by the end of December less than half the people entitled to a free flu vaccine had taken it up in the region
3rd Jan 2018 - La Depeche

The number of people dying from flu and pneumonia in the West Midlands is soaring

The number of people dying from flu and pneumonia in parts of the West Midlands in the UK has increased by a third since 2013. Data released by Office for National Statistics shows that the number of deaths caused by flu and flu-related pneumonia in Walsall rose from 72 in 2013 to 97 in 2016. The vast majority of deaths in 2016 in England (25,387) were among people aged 65 or more. Public Health England has admitted the vaccine “did not demonstrate significant effectiveness in adults over 65”
3rd Jan 2018 - Birmingham Mail

Spike in flu numbers puts pressure on Winnipeg hospitals

In Canada, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says they are adding more beds to hospitals to help deal with this year's flu season after a spike in the numbers. The season is rapidly becoming similar to the 2014-15 season, said Krista Williams, chief heath operations officer for the WRHA. "There was a spike of cases and it really put that pressure on our system to meet that demand and we're seeing the same kind of similar number of cases," said Williams
3rd Jan 2018 - CBC.ca

Louisiana sees major uptick in flu cases; here's how to prevent, treat illness, experts say

The flu hit Louisiana in a big way in December, and medical professionals are worried that the early weeks of 2018 may prove just as bad or worse. “We have had a massive surge of the flu this flu season,” said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, an infectious disease specialist. O’Neal said that a year ago in December, the hospital, not counting outpatient facilities, administered 1,500 tests, and only 98 were positive. This past month saw a dramatic increase, as the hospital administered 4,300 flu tests and 1,100 were positive. The spike in activity came months earlier than normal and at levels higher than even peak times
2nd Jan 2018 - The Advocate

Flu season shaping up as Iowa's worst since 2014-15

Iowa’s post-holiday crud season is hitting with a vengeance, as flu bugs and cold viruses usher in 2018. “I think we’re going to have a pretty severe year,” said Patricia Quinlisk, medical director for the Iowa Department of Public Health. So far, the spike in flu cases appears to be the worst since the winter of 2014-15, state reports show
2nd Jan 2018 - Des Moines Register

GP flu consultations spiked in run-up to Christmas

In the UK, the latest Public Health England figures on flu, covering the penultimate week of last year, show that the virus is now circulating at elevated levels, after cases soared in all UK countries. Data on flu vaccine uptake in GP patients show that 69% of over-65s received the vaccine, alongside 43% of pregnant women, 36% of two-year-olds, 37% of three-year-olds and 43% of other at-risk patients
2nd Jan 2018 - GP Online

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Flu shot less effective after wrong prediction

In Taipei, the virus targeted by the flu vaccines supplied for this season do not match the dominant virus that is circulating, reducing their efficacy. According to the CDC’s weekly data, 97,003 cases of flu-like illnesses were reported last week, an increase of 24 percent from the week before, indicating that the nation is experiencing the peak of this flu season. CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping said that 22 people were confirmed to have serious flu complications, 18 of whom did not receive vaccinations
2nd Jan 2018 - Taipei Times

Despite wrong vaccine virus, flu vaccination still effective: CDC

2nd Jan 2018 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Flu blamed for Queensland hospital delays

In Australia, Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has blamed a record-breaking flu season for a statewide hospital backlog that left a majority of critically ill patients waiting longer than four hours for a bed. Of the 1088 Category 1 patients who presented in November, at least 396 had the flu, records show. They were among more than 55,723 flu patients recorded in 2017, more than three times higher than the five-year average
2nd Jan 2018 - sbs.com.au

Minister blames flu for Queensland hospital delays

2nd Jan 2018 - Brisbane Times

Aussie flu: first deaths in Ireland recorded as health experts urge vaccinations

UK health experts are urging people to go for flu vaccinations following the news that the "Aussie flu" has taken the lives of people in Ireland. The Health Service Executive’s weekly influenza surveillance report, published for the week ending December 17, illustrated an increase in influenza activity. The organisation has urged everyone, especially those who fall in the at-risk group, to go for flu jabs
2nd Jan 2018 - Independent

Health warning after "Aussie flu" blamed for deaths in Ireland

2nd Jan 2018 - Sky News

Northern Ireland health agency issues vaccination plea after Aussie flu deaths in Republic

2nd Jan 2018 - Belfast Telegraph

The Australian flu has claimed its first victims

2nd Jan 2018 - Cosmopolitan

First cases of Australian flu confirmed in Wales

A strain of flu which has been linked to hundreds of deaths in Australia has been confirmed in Wales this winter. A Public Health Wales spokesman has confirmed that the H3N2 strain of the virus has been detected in parts of the country and has urged "at risk" people to get vaccinated urgently.
2nd Jan 2018 - Wales Online

Hospitals are cutting visiting hours as cases of flu increase across Wales

2nd Jan 2018 - Wales Online

UFC fighter Conor McGregor struck with Aussie flu as infection arrives in the UK

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been struck down by a potentially fatal Australian strain of flu. The Irish MMA fighter , 29, shared the news in an Instagram post where he revealed he had cancelled his New Year’s Eve plans after contracting the illness.
2nd Jan 2018 - Daily Post

Conor McGregor struck down by deadly Australian flu

2nd Jan 2018 - Yahoo News Canada

Crowded under-staffed hospitals are turning flu patients away if their symptoms aren't dire - as death toll rises

As the US experiences one of the worst flu seasons in history, crowded and under-staffed hospitals have begun to turn patients away. Forty-nine states reported either regional or widespread flu activity last week, excluding Delaware. There have been 70 deaths across the US, according to the CDC
2nd Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Maine hospitals seeing surge in flu cases, mostly of more severe type

In the U.S., flu season is underway, and although Maine so far is experiencing fewer cases of seasonal flu than most states, the predominant strain of influenza circulating in Maine and most of the U.S. is more severe than last year and more likely to require hospitalization. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 373 cases of flu through Dec. 23, the latest data available, with 99 hospitalizations.
2nd Jan 2018 - Portland Press Herald

Swine flu reaches epidemic proportions

In Pakistan, the seasonal influenza (H1N1) outbreak has turned into an epidemic in Multan and killed 12 citizens so far, forcing the government to declare emergency at all hospitals. Health authorities have warned that the next 20 days are critical and flu vaccines have been supplied to Nishtar hospital
2nd Jan 2018 - The Nation

Western Pennsylvania hit hard as flu is now widespread in state

Flu activity is now widespread in Pennsylvania with Allegheny and Westmoreland counties getting hit hard with the nasty virus. In total, there are 6,221 cases reported in the state and Allegheny County has the most. Two weeks ago, the state was not yet classified as widespread and there were only 95 flu cases reported in Allegheny County and 40 in Westmoreland County
2nd Jan 2018 - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Trolley crisis: Record number of patients on trolleys ahead of peak flu season

In Ireland, there are 656 patients on trolleys around the country this morning, the highest number ever recorded. This record number comes ahead of the peak flu season which is expected to put additional pressure on services. Almost 200 people have been hospitalised with the flu and a small number - less than 10- of people have died
2nd Jan 2018 - Independent

PHE warning as high number of patients visit GP with flu

The number of patients seeking out their GP with flu-like symptoms rose markedly over the holiday period, Public Health England data has shown. Flu experts said the rapid rise was 'a major concern', especially in light of the Southern hemisphere having experienced its worst flu season for eight years during its winter season. In the week leading to 28 December, the weekly influenza-like illness GP consultation rate was 18.9 per 100,000 in England, compared to 11.4 per 100,000 in the week before.
2nd Jan 2018 - Pulse Today

Hospitalizations tied to flu jump 28 percent in past week statewide

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that 10 people in Muskogee County have already been hospitalized during the young flu season. Statewide, there have already been 10 flu-related deaths reported, while a four-county area around Muskogee has seen more than 25 people hospitalized for the flu, the state reported.
2nd Jan 2018 - Muskogee Phoenix

Tunisia: flu kills 16 people

So far in Tunisia, H1N1 has killed 16 people this flu season. There is no epidemic at the moment and the Ministries of Health and Education are working together to educate students on how to protect themselves from the virus, but the flu vaccine is not compulsory. In the meantime, a new supply of H1N1 vaccines is expected as pharmacies are using emergency stocks at the moment
2nd Jan 2018 - Webdo.tn

Kentucky seeing widespread flu outbreak

The Kentucky Department for Public Health reported that there is a "widespread" outbreak of flu within the state, which will likely continue over the next several months. As of Dec. 16, 14 of the 17 regions in Kentucky reported confirmed flu cases in their region and all 17 regions reported increased flu-like illnesses, according to the DPH Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report
2nd Jan 2018 - Times-Tribune

'Aussie flu' continues its rampage as the NHS struggles to cope: Official data shows cases of the killer virus have surged by 48% in a week

The dreaded Aussie flu outbreak expected to be the worst in 50 years is continuing to wreak havoc on Britain, official figures show. Some 1,649 people were struck down with flu in England and Wales as temperatures plummeted over the week of Christmas. The Public Health England data shows cases have soared by 48 per cent in a period of seven days - and are higher than previous winters.
2nd Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Sofia: 3 year old child died as a result of severe complication of Strain A (H1N1)

In Bulgaria, a child aged 3 years and eight months has died as a result of a severe complication of strain A (H1N1). This was reported by the chief state health inspector Dr. Angel Kunchev, who explained that the case was registered in Sofia on December 28. "This strain is from the swine flu group and sometimes gives very serious complications. One of them is myocarditis - irritation of the heart muscle, as was in this case," explained Dr. Kunchev.
30th Dec 2017 - Focus News

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Experts warn Ireland could be facing the deadliest outbreak of flu in over 50 years

Ireland could be facing the deadliest outbreak of flu seen in the country in over 50 years, experts have warned. The first flu deaths have been recorded in Ireland as the dreaded 'Aussie flu' sweeps the country. The HSE is urging people in high-risk groups to get the flu vaccine
1st Jan 2018 - Independent.ie

Aussie flu claims first deaths in Ireland as doctors warn children are most at risk

31st Dec 2017 - Mirror

HSE confirm a number of fatalities and 73 hospitalisations in Ireland as "Aussie flu" takes hold

31st Dec 2017 - Irish Independent

Killer Aussie flu outbreak rockets 156 per cent in just one week as it sweeps UK

An outbreak of so-called ‘Aussie Flu’ has struck down more than one thousand Brits in the past week. Government statistics show 1,111 people were infected with the virus – a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days. Experts fear the virulent flu strain, which has now reached the UK, could prove as deadly as the Hong Kong flu in 1968, which killed one million people
31st Dec 2017 - The Sun

Australian flu sweeps the UK - here's what to look out for

30th Dec 2017 - Birmingham Mail

Killer flu arrives in UK as ‘worst outbreak in 50 years’ hits 1,000 Brits in 7 days

30th Dec 2017 - Daily Star

Experts warn the deadly ‘Aussie flu’ outbreak has hit the UK

30th Dec 2017 - Metro

CDC: flu rises sharply, now widespread in 36 states

Flu activity rose sharply last week in the U.S., with 36 states now reporting widespread circulation and other markers such as clinic visits for flu and positive respiratory specimens also showing steep increases, the CDC said. The new report underscores a warning that came from the CDC about steadily climbing flu dominated by H3N2, a subtype known for its heavy impact, especially on seniors and young children
29th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

Flu now widespread in 36 states, according to CDC

29th Dec 2017 - ABC Action News

Terrifying map shows how the flu is quickly spreading across the US

29th Dec 2017 - Business Insider

Flu outbreak already reported in 36 states, CDC says

30th Dec 2017 - Fox News

3 in NC die of flu, season's toll at 12

Three new flu deaths, including the death of a child, have been reported in North Carolina, raising the state’s death toll so far this season to 12. That’s according to numbers released by the North Carolina Department of Health. The child is the first pediatric death reported in the state for the 2017-2018 flu season
29th Dec 2017 - Burlington Times News

3 more North Carolina flu deaths raise season's toll to 12

29th Dec 2017 - 13newsnow.com

"No point in trying to close the borders": Aussie flu threatens Britain

Britons have been steeling themselves against the dreaded "Aussie flu" as the H3N2 strain responsible for Australia's soaring flu rates spreads to Britain. The NHS is urging the public to take advantage of the seasonal vaccination but have conceded the same vaccine formulation used in Australia was less effective than first hoped
2nd Jan 2018 - Sydney Morning Herald

New Aussie Flu warning after executive confirms deaths in Ireland

Health experts were warning of potentially the worst flu outbreak in 50 years this morning after it emerged that Aussie Flu has already claimed lives in Ireland. Official figures for the UK revealed cases more than doubled in just one week. Government statistics show 1,111 people were struck down with flu as temperatures dropped last week - a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days
1st Jan 2018 - Devon Live

Flu in France: Paris hospitals on 'winter epidemic' alert

The whole of France has now been hit by the flu epidemic and Paris is particularly badly affected. As a result Parisian hospitals have launched stage 2 of their winter epidemic plan. Even though U.S. scientists have said the flu vaccine is not very efficient this year, people are still advised to get vaccinated
1st Jan 2018 - Sante News

Aussie flu outbreak puts Cornwall at "high risk" as dozens report cases of the potentially deadly flu strain

Cornwall is on a flu map 'red alert' after dozens of Cornwall Live readers reported suffering from the potentially deadly strain in recent weeks. Dubbed Aussie flu , the H3N2 strain has now been confirmed in some parts of the UK, Public Health England has confirmed. Its latest flu report, for last week, reveals nine people were admitted to intensive care or a high dependency unit with the potentially deadly strain. Five others were hospitalised.
31st Dec 2017 - Cornwall Live

Seven people dead from influenza so far this season

Ciudad de México has 59 confirmed cases the most in the nation; it is followed by Coahuila, with 54 cases; San Luis Potosí, on 47; Aguascalientes which records 33, and then Queretaro on 32. These five regions make up 42.1% of the total influenza cases across the nation
30th Dec 2017 - Periodico Zocalo

Flu “Widespread” In California – Ten Deaths This Season

Influenza is spreading in California. More than 90% of the state (all but five counties) is considered to have elevated activity, according to the California Department of Public Health. Data from October 8th 2017 until December 16th 2017 shows ten flu deaths of people aged 0 to 64 years recorded in the state. “Certainly the vaccination is the most important step you can take preventing flu,” explained Fresno County Public Health Officer Dr. Ken Bird
29th Dec 2017 - KMJ Now News Talk Radio

States with high levels of doctor visits due to flu-like symptoms doubled: CDC

According to the U.S. CDC, the number of states reporting high levels of doctor visits due to flu-like symptoms more than doubled in the last week, from 10 to 21. This season's vaccine is only 10 percent effective against the H3N2 strain in Australia, the dominant strain of influenza. Still, the CDC maintains that an annual flu vaccine is the the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses
29th Dec 2017 - ABC News

NHS 111 calls peaked in week before Christmas amid rising cases of flu and norovirus

Non-emergency calls to the NHS hotline reached the highest level for 2017 in the seven days up to Christmas, figures showed, amid rising cases of flu and norovirus. GPs have also been ordered to start prescribing antiviral drugs to care home residents and vulnerable hospital patients to prevent spread of the disease, as well as to treat flu in pensioners and those with health conditions. Public Health England confirmed two further flu-related deaths, taking the total so far this winter to 15
29th Dec 2017 - Telegraph.co.uk

Flu-related death toll climbs to 12 in Arkansas

Four more flu related deaths have been reported in Arkansas bringing the total number of deaths to 12. All have been individuals over 65 years old. The CDC has sent out new recommendations for doctors asking that they begin antiviral treatment like Tamiflu as soon as possible after the onset of an illness
29th Dec 2017 - THV11

Minnesota flu cases jump sharply, now widespread in state

The seasonal flu is now widespread throughout Minnesota, state health officials said Thursday, with the number of cases rising sharply for the second consecutive week. The outbreak is outpacing last year's, with 172 people hospitalized last week because of flu infection — something that didn't happen last flu season until late January.
28th Dec 2017 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Child dies due to the flu in NC, 1st pediatric death of the season

A child in the central part of North Carolina died from the flu, the first pediatric death of the season, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The death, which occurred last week, highlights the seriousness of the illness, said state Epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore. “Flu vaccination is the most effective protection against flu, and it’s still not too late to get a flu shot.”
28th Dec 2017 - Charlotte Observer

Child in central NC dies as a result of the flu

28th Dec 2017 - WRAL.com

Flu epidemic spreads through France

In France, the flu has now spread throughout the country and doctors' surgeries are having trouble coping with the surge in patients showing symptoms. Young children and the elderly are particularly at risk.
28th Dec 2017 - France TV Info

Flu epidemic: doctors' surgeries find it difficult to cope with demand

28th Dec 2017 - Europe1

This year's flu strain is causing more emergency room visits, LA County health officials warn

With 19 influenza-related deaths reported so far in Los Angeles County this season, public health officials offered some advice Wednesday: “Continue spreading holiday cheer and not the flu.” The nudge toward urging people to get vaccinated comes as Los Angeles and many other counties are seeing widespread flu, an uptick in cases and increased visits to emergency rooms. This year’s dominate strain, Influenza A (H3N2) is known to cause severe illness and send more people to the hospital
28th Dec 2017 - LA Daily News

Hospitals see rise in flu cases as weather changes

In Qatar, with a change in weather conditions, hospitals and clinics across the country have reported a surge in seasonal flu cases, while pharmacies have seen a high demand for several over-the-counter flu medicines. Most health care providers have started giving vaccination against seasonal flu. However, health experts say that anti-flu vaccination should be taken ahead of the season as a precaution.
28th Dec 2017 - The Peninsula

ADH: 12 Flu-Related Deaths in Arkansas This Flu Season

An official with the Arkansas Department of Health said that 12 flu-related deaths ... season. The majority of deaths reported so far have been in individuals 65 years old and above. There have been no pediatric deaths as a result of the flu thus far in Arkansas, according to the report.
28th Dec 2017 - KNWA-TV

The first person with AH1N1 confirmed in the country by health authorities

The Ciudad de Mexico Ministry of Health confirmed 413 positive cases of influenza, the majority are due to AH3N2. In addition, five people have died: two from AH3N2, two from influenza B and one from influenza A. Up to week 51 of the flu season, five people have died: two from AH3N2 , two from influenza type B and one person from influenza type A. Deaths were diagnosed in Hidalgo, Aguascalientes, Yucatán and Queretaro .
28th Dec 2017 - El Diario de Coahuila

University of Tennessee Medical Center sees early spike in flu cases

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is seeing an early increase in reports of influenza, in part due to the cold weather as well as a low efficacy associated with this year's flu vaccine. It's still too early to say whether this winter will be a bad season for the flu, but the hospital has already seen growth in the number of reported cases this month, said Jennifer Radtke, manager for infection prevention at the UT Medical Center.
28th Dec 2017 - Knoxville News Sentinel

The A(H3N2) virus has now reached Ireland. The number of cases is increasing

Hospitals in Cork are reporting an increase in the number of people with Australian A(H3N2) flu. In addition to this flu strain, some Influenza Type B cases have been recorded.
28th Dec 2017 - Polonia Irlandia

Flu boom on its way

The number of flu cases across all Italian regions is rising sharply. The Influnet network, run by the Higher Institute of Health, calculates that there are about 387,000 new cases, which makes a total of around 1,403,000 Italians affected by the flu virus since the beginning of the Influnet surveillance period.
28th Dec 2017 - Adnkronos

In the winter flu season so far there has been 6 confirmed cases in Jalisco

Vaccination targets in Jalisco for this current season are to distribute 2,100,000 doses and to reach 30% of the most at-risk section of the population not getting vaccinated, particularly those under five years of age and adults over 65. The SSJ will put its vaccination teams into areas of significant concentrations of older adults, such as some parishes, some state agencies, some regional administrative offices, and places where federal or state support is provided for the elderly. The head of the health team, Tizoc Véjar, added that during the last few days, Week 51, three cases of influenza type AH3N2 have been added to the accumulated flu cases total by local health authorities
28th Dec 2017 - UDG TV

It's official: Los Angeles is in the middle of a flu outbreak

Officials confirm that over the past few weeks, there’s been widespread flu activity throughout Louisiana. It’s the Type A virus that doctor’s are primarily seeing. It’s associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in young children and people 65 years or older. Still, the best method to protect yourself during this flu season is by getting a flu shot
28th Dec 2017 - The Daily Advertiser

Minnesota flu cases jump sharply, now widespread in state

The seasonal flu is now widespread throughout Minnesota, state health officials said Thursday, with the number of cases rising sharply for the second consecutive week. The outbreak is outpacing last year’s, with 172 people hospitalized last week because of flu infection — something that didn’t happen last flu season until late January.
28th Dec 2017 - Star Tribune

Flu cases on the rise in the Mountain Empire

In Tennessee, the number of Tri-Cities area influenza cases has tripled in two weeks, with totals already surpassing last year. In addition, local health officials say the existing vaccine isn’t proving very effective. This week health system officials renewed their call for anyone with flu-like symptoms and anyone ages 12 and under not to visit patients in local hospitals.
28th Dec 2017 - Bristol Herald Courier

Officials: 10 Oklahomans have died from the flu; one in the last week

In Oklahoma, health officials say that the number of deaths related to the flu is on the rise. Experts say that 121 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 425. So far, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that 10 people have died from the virus since September.
28th Dec 2017 - kfor.com

Public health officials announce Delaware's 2nd flu death, urge prevention and treatment

An 83-year-old New Castle County resident is Delaware's second death of the 2017-2018 flu season. She had many underlying health conditions, Division of Public Health officials said, but officials said her death highlights a significant increase in influenza activity in the previous few weeks. Officials said they've seen more flu activity this year than last. As of December 22, 2017, there have been 129 lab-confirmed flu cases, with 49 requiring hospitalization, compare to last year's 91 and 26 cases at this time, respectively.
28th Dec 2017 - wdel.com

Flu cases in Switzerland reach epidemic level

Switzerland is in the grip of a flu epidemic after the number of cases of the viral infection increased in all parts of the country in the week before Christmas. In the past week doctors have reported 17 suspected cases of flu per 1,000 inhabitants, the Federal Office of Public Health said on Wednesday. It said the group most affected was children aged up to four years with an estimated 234 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
28th Dec 2017 - The Local

Beijing in flu season

Beijing has entered the flu season. The activity of flu viruses -- mainly Influenza A/H3N2 and Influenza A/H1N1 -- is still rising, said Pang Xinghuo, deputy director of the municipal center for disease control and prevention. Over the past week, Beijing's 144 medium- and large- health institutes reported a higher percentage of flu cases than that in the same period last year. But no variations of the viruses have been detected, Pang said
28th Dec 2017 - Xinhuanet.com

La Mesa Hospital Sets up Outdoor Tent for 'Surge' of Flu Patients

Hospitals in San Diego County were feeling the effects Wednesday of a worsening influenza season, as thousands of new flu cases were confirmed by the county's health department. In the span of one week, San Diego County's Department of Health and Human Services reported a nearly four-times increase in flu cases to the week prior —2,227 new flu cases were reported last week compared to a total of 563 lab-confirmed flu cases the week before.
28th Dec 2017 - NBC San Diego

Seasonal surge in slips and flu leads to longer waits for hospital treatment

Patients in Tayside, Scotland, faced longer A&E waiting times over the Christmas period as hospitals dealt with a surge in demand. The increased pressure on services has been linked to a sharp rise in the number of ice-related falls, as well as flu symptoms.
28th Dec 2017 - The Courier

Aggressive flu - two patients in a coma

In Udine, Italy, two patients are in a coma in hospital after contracting the flu. Children under 5 are the group most affected by the outbreak so far, and there are fears that this will be a particularly bad flu season. There are also concerns that at-risk groups are not getting vaccinated against the flu in sufficient numbers
28th Dec 2017 - Messaggero Veneto

CDC: Widespread influenza activity in Idaho

Idaho has been labeled by the CDC as having widespread seasonal influenza activity. This comes one year after the deadliest flue season on record for the state. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging everyone to get a flu shot because it's not too late. Seven people have died so far in Idaho from the flu, and many others are ending up in the doctor's office with symptoms
27th Dec 2017 - KTVB

Influenza Cases Skyrocket in San Diego Area; Season Total 3,873 So Far

The number of influenza cases and related fatalities skyrocketed in the San Diego region last week, pushing the “flu season” totals to levels far ahead of the same time last year, county health officials reported. According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, 2,227 new flu cases were confirmed by laboratory testing last week, raising this season’s total to 3,873, well above the 599 reported at the same time last year
27th Dec 2017 - Times of San Diego

​Gibraltar experiencing surge in winter influenza and other flu-like illnesses

Gibraltar is currently experiencing a surge in winter influenza and other flu-like illnesses with hundreds affected. This according to the Government who adds this is usual for this time of year. The Emergency Department at St Bernard's Hospital has seen around 500 cases from the 22nd December to today, with an increase in admission to wards
27th Dec 2017 - GBC News

Early flu outbreak puts hospitals under pressure

Hospitals in the Murcia region of Spain are already under a considerable strain due to flu outbreaks, and the increase in patients has put into question the effectiveness of the Accident and Emergency departments. The Minister of Health explained that Spain is still at the pre-epidemic level of influenza, with less than 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and that in the Murcia region it is expected that the peak of flu cases will happen towards the end of January and early February.
24th Dec 2017 - Reporting the News

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Swine flu hits Rajasthan: 253 deaths reported so far in 2017

The highly-contagious swine flu virus has hit Rajasthan hard as so far 253 deaths have been reported since the start of this year in the state, an official said. “From the start of this year till December 26, 253 people have died due to swine flu in the state. Besides this, 3,380 have been found H1N1 positive,” an official of the Medical and Health Department official said. To curb the spread of the disease, the government has launched a poster and video campaign aimed at educating people
27th Dec 2017 - The Health Site

Rajasthan Reels Under the Attack of Swine Flu

27th Dec 2017 - Med India

Swine flu hits Rajasthan hard

27th Dec 2017 - Madhyamam

Flu Comes Early And Aggressively In Connecticut

Connecticut’s flu season is rapidly getting worse, with three deaths attributed to the virus through the middle of December. There were 355 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in Connecticut and a total of 144 people were hospitalized with the virus through Dec. 16, according to the most recent report from the state health department. That compares to 255 confirmed cases and 98 hospitalizations a week earlier.
27th Dec 2017 - Hartford Courant

States Reporting Widespread Flu Nearly Doubles in One Week

The number of states reporting widespread flu activity has nearly doubled this week, just 1 indicator of an intensifying flu season. In the CDC’s FluView report for week 50 ending December 16, 2017, 23 states reported widespread influenza. In the previous week, the flu was geographically widespread in just 12 states. During week 50, Puerto Rico and 23 states reported regional flu activity, while the District of Columbia and Delaware, Hawaii, Utah, and West Virginia reported only local flu activity. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) has reached 3.5%—up from 2.7% the previous week—and is continuing to climb above the national baseline of 2.2%.
27th Dec 2017 - Contagion Live.com

Widespread flu outbreaks hitting California, nearly half the country

According to a new CDC report, "seasonal influenza activity increased sharply in the United States." The number of states reporting widespread flu activity jumped from 12 to 23. Flu activity in California has hit what's considered 'widespread'. The best way fight the flu, is to get a flu shot, says the CDC. The second best option, according to their report, is antiviral drugs
27th Dec 2017 - KXTV

It's early in the flu season, but it's shaping up to be a nasty one

As the holiday season continues, the U.S. is also entering peak flu season. According to the CDC, up to 650,000 people worldwide could die from complications of the flu. The CDC recommends getting immunized, even if it only may provide a relatively small amount of protection.
27th Dec 2017 - CBS News on MSN.co.uk

CDC Flu Update: H3N2 Viruses Continue to Predominate

According to this week’s FluView report from the CDC, seasonal influenza activity increased sharply in the United States. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity jumped from 12 to 23, the proportion of samples testing positive for influenza at clinical laboratories went from 8.4% to 14.0%, and the percentage of people seeking outpatient care for influenza-like illness (ILI) increased from 2.7% to 3.5% over last week’s report. ILI has been at or above the national baseline for four weeks so far this season. During recent seasons, ILI has remained at or above baseline for 13 weeks on average. H3N2 viruses continue to predominate.
27th Dec 2017 - Infection Control Today

North-east hospital closes ward to new patients amid fears of flu

In Scotland, a ward at a North-east hospital has been forced to close to new admissions, due to a small number currently in the ward who have been displaying flu-like symptoms. The health board has also urged patients with flu-like symptoms who are aged 65 or over, pregnant, have a long term medical condition or a weakened immune system to speak to their doctor about getting vaccinated against the flu
27th Dec 2017 - Aberdeen Evening Express

CDC puts Missouri on "widespread" levels of influenza activity

According to a weekly influenza surveillance report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of influenza activity in Missouri has reached “widespread” levels. According to Dr. Cynthia Brownfield with Mosaic Life Care, the H3N2 strain is the culprit. And this year’s flu shot doesn’t seem to be effective on the current strain.
27th Dec 2017 - Houston Herald

Central Queensland battles one of its worst flu seasons yet

Central Queensland has battled one of its worst flu years yet with more than 2000 cases reported to the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service. Queensland Health data confirmed there were 2399 lab-confirmed influenza cases, almost triple the average of 859 for Central Queensland.
27th Dec 2017 - Gladstone Observer

Christmas break sees surge in seasonal flu

Hundreds of people attended the emergency department at St Bernard’s hospital over the Christmas period, as Gibraltar – in common with many other countries around Europe – experienced a surge in cases of winter influenza and other flu-like illnesses. Around 500 people were seen by emergency medical staff between December 22 and December 27, with 12 patients admitted to hospital, eight of them into the critical care unit, according to the Gibraltar Health Authority. Additional cardiac monitoring facilities have been made available in Dudley Toomey ward if needed and all other exposed patients and staff members are taking the prophylactic flu medicine Tamiflu
27th Dec 2017 - Gibraltar Chronicle

Flu outbreak has reached epidemic levels in Switzerland

In Switzerland, the flu has now spread everywhere and the epidemic level has been reached. Children under the age of 4 are the group most affected at the moment
27th Dec 2017 - RTS Info

Spike in Flu Cases Leads to Restricted Visitation at U. of C. Hospital

Starting Wednesday morning, visiting patients at The University of Chicago Medical Center will be a bit more difficult, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. As flu season picks up, the hospital won’t allow children under 12, or anyone having a fever, cough or runny nose to enter as a visitor. Visitation at the hospital has been restricted during every flu season since 2011, but this is the first time it has happened this early
27th Dec 2017 - NBC Chicago

Seasonal Flu Reports Increasing Across China, Asia

Last summer Southern China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan reported an unusually severe out-of-season spike in (mostly) H3N2 flu cases. Now that the traditional season for flu has arrived, we are seeing another rise in flu cases again after only a 5 month respite
26th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Doctors Warn San Diego Is Being 'Hit Hard' By Flu This Season

Local doctors are warning residents of San Diego County that the flu is hitting hard this year. Ten people have died this season according to San Diego County officials. Two men younger than 65 are included in the death rate, officials said. They passed away from Influenza A. Health officials said last season at this time, there were four deaths in the county. "We've seen about 50 percent or above our usual patient volumes every day," said Dr. Phil Yphantides, Medical Director of Sharp Reese-Stealy Urgent Care. "And this is the worst we've seen in eight years."
26th Dec 2017 - NBC San Diego.com

WHO: Influenza update, December 25

Influenza activity continued to increase in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere while in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere activity decreased at inter-seasonal levels. In Central America and the Caribbean, influenza activity remained low. Worldwide, influenza A(H3N2) and B viruses accounted for the majority of influenza detections.
25th Dec 2017 - World Health Organization

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Mother-of-two, 34, claims she was left blind, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and covered in a rash "after having the FLU JAB" and fears she may never recover

A mother went blind in one eye and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just weeks after getting the flu shot, she has claimed. Jennifer Whitney, from Mukilteo, Washington, had the vaccine due to the insistence of her boss - despite being concerned about any side effects. Her naturopath claimed it was all down to her flu vaccine - despite an array of evidence claiming the shot is completely safe
22nd Dec 2017 - Daily Mail

Why this may be a bad flu season, especially around the holidays

This flu season could be a potentially harsh one, and experts say the worst time could coincide with the height of the holiday season and start of the new year. “Flu is picking up and picking up early,” said Daniel Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
22nd Dec 2017 - Washington Post

Private doctors to be recruited to Hong Kong public hospitals to tackle winter flu season

In Hong Kong, the private sector will play a more significant role in easing demand for public health care during the winter surge in influenza, as the government is to broaden the scope of collaboration with private hospitals and recruit more part-time private doctors. The authority will also boost a virology service, a rapid test for influenza, from a quota of 30,000 last season to 100,000 this season. Patients of all ages who show symptoms of influenza are eligible for the tests which give results in 24 hours.
22nd Dec 2017 - South China Morning Post

Swine flu hits Rajasthan hard

The highly-contagious swine flu virus has hit Rajasthan hard as so far 253 deaths have been reported since the start of this year in the state, an official said on Tuesday. "From the start of this year till December 26, 253 people have died due to swine flu in the state. Besides this, 3,380 have been found H1N1 positive," an official of the Medical and Health Department official told IANS here.
27th Dec 2017 - Business Standard

Flu On The Rise In Tri-State

The CDC said that Indiana and Kentucky are among 23 states which have been hit hard by the flu this season. The number of categorized states jumped from just 12 the week before. Ohio was already on the list. Indiana has seen two influenza-associated deaths this season, according to the latest report from the Indiana State Department of Health. Influenza-like illness is widespread across the state. The most common strand in Indiana and nationally has been the H3N2 strand.
26th Dec 2017 - Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH

Eight-hour waits in emergency rooms as Hong Kong hospitals feel flu season surge over Christmas holidays

In Hong Kong on Christmas Day, medical wards saw an overall occupancy rate of 108 per cent, up from 104 per cent on Christmas Eve. The seasonal strain hits the public health sector every year as the influenza virus hits its winter peak when most private clinics are closed for the holidays and more public doctors are on leave.
26th Dec 2017 - South China Morning Post

Toronto's flu season is underway but it's too soon to tell how bad it will be, says an expert

Toronto's flu season has begun but it's not yet clear how bad it's going to be, says an expert in influenza who works at Mount Sinai Hospital. But Dr. Allison McGeer, microbiologist and and infectious disease consultant in the hospital's department of microbiology, says early signs suggest it could be a "pretty average" season.
26th Dec 2017 - CBC.ca

Reports of the first case of AH1N1 of the current flu season

The Ministry of Health (Ssa) registered the first case of a person infected with the influenza virus AH1N1, so far this winter season. This virus caused an epidemiological alert in 2009. In the health authority's report, 413 positive cases of influenza have been confirmed, of which, the majority are due to AH3N2, 299 cases; there has been 84 for influenza type B; 29 cases for type A and one case of AH1N1. Up to week 51 of the influenza season, five people died: two due to AH3N2, two due to influenza type B and one person due to influenza type A. The deceased came from Hidalgo, Aguascalientes, Yucatán and Queretaro.
24th Dec 2017 - Zocalo.com

64% increase in flu cases

The 2017-18 influenza season now totals 413 confirmed cases and five deaths, according to the Ministry of Health (Ssa). The figure represents 64 percent more cases of influenza than those recorded in the same period last year, which runs from October 1 to December 21, when there were 252 occurrences. However, fewer deaths have been recorded this year than last, when there were 26 deaths and to date there has only been five. In the current season, there has been 299 cases of AH3N2, 84 for Type B, 29 for Influenza Type A and one for AH1N1 to date. Two deaths have been reported for influenza AH3N2, two for B, and one for type A. The five deaths due to this disease occurred in Aguascalientes, Querétaro, Yucatán and two in Hidalgo, according to a report from the General Directorate of Epidemiology, published yesterday.
23rd Dec 2017 - Diario El Mundo de Cordoba

CDC puts Missouri on "widespread" levels of influenza activity

According to a weekly influenza surveillance report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of influenza activity in Missouri has reached “widespread” levels. According to Dr. Cynthia Brownfield with Mosaic Life Care, the H3N2 strain is the culprit. And this year’s flu shot doesn’t seem to be effective on the current strain
23rd Dec 2017 - News-Press Now

The first recorded case of death from influenza

This week saw the first death due to influenza type B of this winter season in Aguascalientes. The Secretary of State Health, Sergio Velazquez Garcia, after announcing the death, urged the people of Aguascalientes to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza as soon as possible, especially citizens belonging to the most at-risk and vulnerable groups. He assured the public that there is no cause for alarm, however it is advisable to take the necessary measures to avoid the contagion spreading as this disease can have fatal consequences. Velazquez Garcia explained that the death was of an eight-month-old baby who was not timely vaccinated by their parents. The death was recorded on December 17, at the Hidalgo Hospital. The girl had a case of pneumonia caused by Type B influenza, terminal renal failure and Down syndrome
23rd Dec 2017 - El Sol del Centro

Flu spreading in Louisiana at one of the nation's fastest rates

Flu season is peaking early, and Louisiana is one of the states getting hit the hardest. According to the CDC, ten states are experiencing high flu-like activity, including Louisiana. Dr. Fred Lopez with Louisiana State University says the number of people who are getting sick this year likely has to do with the predominant strain of the flu -- H3N2
22nd Dec 2017 - WWL-TV

Outpatient flu visits spike as more states note high activity

In the U.S., the proportion of people visiting outpatient clinics with influenza-like illness symptoms is now 3.5%, well above the national baseline of 2.2% and up from 2.7% the week before, the CDC said in its weekly flu update. Flu is now widespread in 23 states, up dramatically from 12 the week before. The CDC also reported one pediatric influenza death
22nd Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

HSE issues warning of ‘Aussie flu’ on the rise in Ireland

In Ireland, Dr Kevin Kelleher of the HSE said: “Influenza-like illness increased in all age groups except in those aged 0-4 years. Hospitalised cases of influenza and influenza- associated outbreaks in residential care facilities have also increased. “Although flu is starting to circulate, flu activity remains at low levels. Prevention is better than cure, and the increase in flu activity means it is even more important to get your flu jab if you are in an at-risk group. Initial indications so far point to more people in at-risk groups and more healthcare workers getting the flu vaccine this year. The HSE would urge those who have not yet been vaccinated to join their peers and their colleagues in getting the flu vaccine this year.”
22nd Dec 2017 - The Irish Post

Flu Season 2017: Nine Children Have Died From Influenza So Far This Winter

In the U.S, another child died from the flu last week—the ninth to die so far this season, according to new data released by the CDC. However, the number of people who died from pneumonia and the flu continued to stay below the seasonal baseline last week. The CDC estimates 12,000 to 56,000 people may die from the flu each year. The percentage of people going to their doctors for something that looked like the flu for the week that ended on December 16 also increased quite a bit; nearly 3.5 percent of visits last week were for flu-like symptoms, up from 2.6 percent the week before
22nd Dec 2017 - Newsweek

3rd flu-related death confirmed; hospitals enact voluntary visitor restrictions

A third flu-related death in McLean County, Illinois, was confirmed Friday and more hospitals are enacting voluntary visitor restrictions. Coroner Kathy Davis said the individual, who was over 60 years of age, died Thursday from flu-related complications in addition to other medical issues
22nd Dec 2017 - Bloomington Pantagraph

"Stay away": Families warned over Addenbrooke's Hospital flu outbreak

In Cambridge, UK, health bosses have confirmed an outbreak of flu has hit Addenbrooke's Hospital, and are warning people who have any symptoms - including diarrhoea or sickness - to "stay away" from the hospital in order to prevent the infection spreading
22nd Dec 2017 - Cambridge News

1 Child Death, Rampant Flu Reported In Illinois

Cases of flu are on the uptick in Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported one pediatric death as a result of the flu since October. The influenza virus is now categorized as "widespread" in Illinois and 22 other states. That marks an increase from last week, when it was categorized as "regional." Since the start of flu season in October, the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 68 people have been admitted to the intensive care unit due to influenza, a big spike from just a month ago when 27 ICU admissions were reported. The vast majority of those are patients age 65 and older
22nd Dec 2017 - Patch

Australian flu warning: NHS fears materialise after eight deaths so far in UK this winter

In the UK, there are currently 25 cases of people in intensive care after catching flu, and so far there have been eight flu-related deaths this year. Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director said: “NHS staff are working flat out to cope with seasonal pressures and ensure patients receive the best possible care. “However, given the scale of the challenge, hospitals should be planning for the surge that comes in the New Year by freeing up beds and staff where they can to care for our sickest patients.”
22nd Dec 2017 - The Daily Express

4 more people die of flu in Calgary this week, as province hits 19 deaths from virus

In Canada, with double the amount of laboratory confirmed cases and three times the number of deaths, the latest numbers released from Alberta Health Services reveal this year's flu strain is continuing to hit Calgary much harder than Edmonton. The province has seen 867 Albertans admitted to hospital with the flu, with more than half (488) reported in the Calgary zone. Only 218 people have been admitted to hospital in Edmonton with the flu. Across the province, nearly 1.12 million doses of the influenze vaccine have been administered
21st Dec 2017 - CBC

Flu-related deaths in Alberta rise to 19

The number of flu-related deaths continues to creep up in the province, with Alberta Health Services reporting 19 deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations. New statistics released by the health agency show Alberta recorded 3,355 confirmed cases of the virus and 867 hospitalizations as of Dec. 16. The Calgary region remains the hardest hit, accounting for 12 deaths and 488 hospitalizations. The Edmonton zone has reported four deaths — an increase of one from last week — and 218 hospitalizations.
23rd Dec 2017 - Edmonton Journal

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Health officials: 6 Oklahomans have died from the flu this season

Doctors continue to warn Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu as the number of deaths related to the virus rises. Experts say that 65 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the flu virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 262. So far, officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say that six people have died from the virus since September
21st Dec 2017 - Kfor.com

Two more flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

21st Dec 2017 - Tulsa World

Kentucky has been hit with a "widespread" flu outbreak, health officials say

There is a "widespread" outbreak of the flu in Kentucky that will likely continue for several months, according to public health officials. Kentucky's Department for Public Health announced that the flu and flu-like symptoms have increased in at least half of the regions throughout the State. Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, the acting commissioner of the Department of Public Health said: “With current widespread flu activity being reported in Kentucky, it is a still a good time to protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot"
21st Dec 2017 - Courier Journal

Flu activity in Kentucky now classified as widespread

21st Dec 2017 - WKYT 27

Flu hits Texas early and hard

Influenza cases have been increasing in Texas and across the nation since November, according to the U.S. CDC. The uptick in illness has proven deadly. The state's first pediatric flu death in November was among eight nationwide, the CDC reported. This month, Texas hit another milestone. In the first full week of December, reporting health providers said 7 percent of suspected "influenza-like illness" cases tested positive for the virus, exceeding this season's baseline for high activity in Texas
21st Dec 2017 - Beaumont Enterprise

5 people in NC have died from flu so far this season

The flu-related death count for the 2017-18 season in North Carolina was five as of Wednesday. Philip Price, a family nurse practitioner at Sisters Mercy Urgent Care in Asheville, encouraged people to get the flu vaccine despite some reports regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine in Australia. "It's too early to tell how that will be here. But, using last year's data, which they think will be pretty similar to this year, it will have similar effectiveness rates as last year, which was around 40 percent," Price said.
21st Dec 2017 - WLOS

Health officials expect Minnesota flu cases to rise

Over the past several weeks, federal health officials have reported that some southern states have been the hardest hit and that cases were picking up in several others, including Wisconsin. Travel to and from the affected regions will spread the flu bug, and Minnesota health officials in the past few weeks have seen several signs that more people are getting sick. The CDC estimates that only about 39 percent of the population was vaccinated as of last month
21st Dec 2017 - Star Tribune

More than 500 hospitalized during severe Colorado flu season

Colorado health officials say this year’s flu season has affected more than three times the number of people it usually does. The state typically has about 150 flu hospitalizations by mid-December. But this year, 566 people have already gone to the hospital for influenza. State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy says it’s difficult to pinpoint what is causing the high numbers, but the southern hemisphere had a similarly severe influenza season.
21st Dec 2017 - Aurora Sentinel

Flu Cases in This State Have Already Spiked by Nearly 800%

With its peak still likely several months away, the 2017-2018 flu season is already shaping up to be a nasty one. Reported cases of influenza in Arizona are up 758% over this time last year. And the CDC reports the flu is at widespread conditions in 12 states as of Dec. 9. Arizona, which is not one of the states highlighted by the CDC, says there are 2,629 more reported cases of the flu this year that there were at this time in 2016 (when it was just 347), the highest number of cases since it began tracking flu activity
21st Dec 2017 - Fortune

Ninewells bans admissions on ward after flu outbreak

In Scotland, a Ninewells Hospital ward is closed to new admissions after a flu outbreak. Ward 1, which treats cardiology patients, has “a small number of patients who have influenza”. A statement said: “Patients in the ward are being monitored and appropriate infection control and prevention measures are in place.
21st Dec 2017 - Evening Telegraph

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Seasonal flu in Arizona up 758 percent from last year, report shows

The Arizona Department of Health Services said there have been 2,976 reported cases of flu infection between mid-October and Dec. 20. That's compared to 347 cases in the same period last year — a 758-percent increase in flu activity. February is typically peak flu season, according to the Health Department, but this year flu occurrences began to shoot up near the beginning of December. Last week alone, there were 1,188 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu in Arizona, compared with less than 200 during the same time in 2016, according to a Health Department report.
20th Dec 2017 - AZCentral.com

Flu cases widespread in Arizona with almost 3,000 cases

20th Dec 2017 - Bristol Herald Courier

In southern Finland the influenza epidemic has already taken route - Essote health expert says: "It seems that flu vaccine efficacy is worse than we expected"

In the southern half of Finland, the seasonal influenza period is well underway. The influenza B epidemic hit exceptionally early this year. The B virus has a different strain to the vaccine protection program via the injectable vaccine. The vaccine contains protection against three strains of viruses. Therefore, the vaccine program for vaccination program does not provide full protection against the current flu virus. On the other hand, some Finns may have built up immunity as it did pass through the country a few years ago. "If there is a need to get protected against the flu, physicians still have vaccine left," said THL Specialist Niina Ikonen to Helsingin Sanomat
20th Dec 2017 - Lansi-Savo

Rajasthan: Swine Flu outbreak at officers training centre in Jaipur

In a shocking indictment of health affairs in Rajasthan, seven trainee officers at Officers Training Institute in Jaipur have been found infected by swine flu. The outbreak was detected when a number of officers reported such symptoms and 74 were screened. Government is evacuating the prestigious institute as a safeguard
20th Dec 2017 - India Today

Flu has sent more than three times the number of people to the hospital in Colorado than usual

In Colorado, flu season is in full force, sending more than three times the number of people to the hospital than usual. There have been 566 people hospitalized for influenza in Colorado, compared with the 150 cases typically logged by mid-December, state health officials say.
20th Dec 2017 - Denver Post

Cases of H1N1 discovered at schools in Kuwait

In Kuwait, the health authorities have diagnosed more than eleven LKG students with the H1N1 virus at a private school in the region of Hawali. Other cases have also been discovered at another primary school over the past two weeks, according to Alqbas newspaper.
20th Dec 2017 - Gulf Digital News

ECDC: Rapid Risk Assessment For Seasonal Flu EU/EEA 2017-18

One of the difficulties of flu forecasting is that the dominant flu strain that shows up in North America, or in Europe, can differ greatly from the type (and severity) of flu that arrives in Russia, China, or the Middle East. It is perfectly possible for North America to have an H3N2 flu season, while other parts of the northern hemisphere find themselves dealing primarily with H1N1 or Influenza B. And even when the subtypes do align, the strains within that subtype can vary considerably in terms of transmissibility, severity, and susceptibility to the current influenza vaccine.
20th Dec 2017 - Afludiary.blogspot.com

Flu activity gets highest upgrade; Stark numbers rising

During the week ending Dec. 9, the most recent information available, there were 144 new flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio, compared to 92 the week before. That’s up from only 29 during the same week a year ago, the department said. So far this flu season, there have been 401 flu-associated hospitalizations, trending above the five-year average.
20th Dec 2017 - Canton Repository

The number of flu patients admitted to Royal Bolton Hospital's intensive care ward this winter

In the UK,nine people have been admitted to Royal Bolton Hospital's intensive care or high dependency units suffering from flu winter. New figures show that, from November 1 to December 15, 92 patients at the hospital have been diagnosed with confirmed cases of flu. Many of those have been discharged the same day, but others have needed admission, including nine patients who needed care in the high dependency unit or intensive care unit
20th Dec 2017 - Bolton News

Flu on the rise; hospitals urge sick people to stay home

The flu has hit Central Illinois earlier than usual this season, prompting some hospitals to enact voluntary visitor restrictions and health professionals to issue warnings of how people can reduce the risk of spreading flu. Statewide, 68 people have been admitted to ICUs and one child has died of flu so far this season, said Melaney Arnold of the Illinois Department of Public Health
20th Dec 2017 - Pantagraph.com

Flu Causes 257 Hospitalizations In Ohio This Year So Far

The flu is hitting Ohio harder in 2017 than it did last year. During the week that ended Dec. 2, there were 92 flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio. That brings this year's flu season hospitalizations total to 257. This year's flu vaccine has been "significantly less effective" than average, according to the Ohio Department of Health
20th Dec 2017 - Patch.com

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Reported flu-like cases trending up: CDC

In Taipei, a total of 66,513 cases of flu-like illness were reported last week, including a 36-year-old man who died from serious complications in just five days, the CDC said. The weekly number of reported cases increased 15 percent last week, showing a continuous growth trend, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping said
20th Dec 2017 - Taipei Times

Three trainee Rajasthan Administrative Service officers test positive for swine flu

In India, three Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) trainee officers have tested positive for swine flu in Jaipur, a senior official said Tuesday. More than 250 newly-appointed officers of RAS are undergoing training at the Officers Training School in Jaipur at present. Dr Narottam Sharma, the chief medical and health officer of Jaipur-I, said one of the trainee officers was suffering from high fever and was on medication.
19th Dec 2017 - Hindustan Times

Tunisia records 5 H1N1 virus-related deaths

Five death cases related to the H1N1 flu virus were recorded from 7 to 13 December, Tunisian minister of Health Imed Hammemi revealed on Monday.The government official spoke at a press briefing announced that two pregnant women, a diabetes-affected woman and a 3-month-old infant, are among these deaths. Hammemi added that 20 other cases related to the virus have been reported since the beginning of the cold season in Tunisia. The current health situation is “serious”, he warned, and that a crisis unit was set up to monitor the epidemiological situation of the flu, since December 7 when the first case of death was reported.
19th Dec 2017 - Journal du Cameroun.com

Flu hit Texas early and hard, but there's time to get vaccinated, CDC says

Influenza cases have been increasing in Texas and across the nation since November, according to the CDC. The uptick in illness has proven deadly. The state's first pediatric flu death in November was counted among eight nationwide, the CDC reports. The flu usually hits hardest in January and February, which means there's time to get vaccinated.
19th Dec 2017 - Houston Chronicle

Hamilton hospitals planning for flu season 'surge'

In Canada, it's still early in the flu season, but hospitals in Hamilton are already beginning to plan for a "surge" in visits to the emergency room. "Comparing this year to last year just based on public health reporting of numbers, we seem to have an earlier hit and seeing more numbers at this time last year," said Sarah Khan, the associate director of infection and control at Hamilton Health Sciences
19th Dec 2017 - cbc.ca

This Season’s Flu Sending Patients To The Doctor’s Office Sooner

It’s flu season and new numbers show the virus is active in almost all of California. Sacramento doctors are seeing patients roll into their offices sooner than expected. So far this season, only 39% of people in the U.S. got a flu shot. It’s a number doctors say needs to go up
19th Dec 2017 - CBS Sacramento

Colorado Flu Hospitalizations 3.5 Times Higher Than Last Year

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 438 people have been hospitalized with influenza this year. That is three and a half times higher than this time last year. “We do recommend everybody getting the flu vaccine,” said Hospitalist Dr. Kristine Appel at RMHC.
18th Dec 2017 - CBS Denver

Influenza A H1N1: An update on the Kumasi, Ghana outbreak

In a follow-up on the H1N1 influenza outbreak reported in Kumasi City, Ghana, 17 additional cases have been reported, bringing the outbreak total to 94. The death toll remains at four. Health officials say no new cases have been reported since 12 December 2017 and no new deaths have occurred since 5 December 2017. The etiology of the cluster of acute febrile illness and the four fatal cases has been attributed to influenza A H1N1 pdm09
18th Dec 2017 - Outbreak News Today

Health officials say flu now widespread in Connecticut

Connecticut health officials say flu is now widespread in the state. The Connecticut Post reports that the Department of Public Health has received reports of influenza in at least half the regions of the state. Connecticut is one of 12 states where flu activity is now widespread. The state reported its first flu-related death last week. The department says 254 people tested positive for the flu as of Dec. 9. Nearly 100 people have been hospitalized for flu.
18th Dec 2017 - FOX 61

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Swine flu killed more than 2000 people in India in 2017, says govt

Swine flu claimed 2,186 lives and affected 38,220 people across India this year till November 26, the government said. Maharashta recorded 752 deaths, the highest number of fatalities due to the deadly virus in the period, according to a data shared by Union minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patel, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. A total of 38,220 cases were recorded till November 26 and 2,186 deaths this year. Twelve deaths due to swine flu occurred in Delhi, as per the data.
18th Dec 2017 - Hindustan Times

Swine flu claimed over 2,000 lives

19th Dec 2017 - Greater Kashmir

Swine flu claimed over 2,000 lives in 2017: Govt

18th Dec 2017 - India Today

Flu activity in Ohio elevated to highest level; vaccinations urged

Flu activity in Ohio has been elevated to the highest level, weeks earlier than last flu season. On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health raised the flu activity to “widespread.” The flu activity and geographic spread had been categorized as “regional” on Dec. 8. During last year’s flu season, flu activity in Ohio didn’t reach “widespread” geographic spread until mid-January. During the week ending Dec. 9, there were 144 new flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio, compared to 92 the week prior, and 29 during the same week last year
18th Dec 2017 - Ohio.com

Flu activity in Ohio elevated to ‘widespead’

18th Dec 2017 - wdtn.com

Health authorities issue influenza "B" warning

Health authorities in Sri Lanka are urging the public to be vigilant as influenza B is spreading in several parts of the country. Meanwhile an epidemiologist will be asked to look into the deaths of 9 people who had been treated in a local hospital
18th Dec 2017 - Hiru News

Nueces Co. being hit hard by influenza

According to the city/county health department, there were 220 confirmed cases of the flu reported in Nueces County during the first week of December. Last year, there were only 35 cases of the flu reported during that same time. The flu season began ...
18th Dec 2017 - KZTV Action 10 News

CDC Flu Update: Influenza-Like Illness Increasing Sharply

According to this week’s FluView report from the CDC, seasonal influenza activity continues to increase in the U.S. The proportion of people seeing their healthcare provider for influenza-like-illness increased sharply from last week and has been at or above the national baseline for three weeks so far this season. Influenza A(H3N2) viruses were most commonly reported during week 49 (the week ending Dec. 9, 2017) and have been the predominant virus so far this season. Twelve states reported widespread flu activity, 26 states reported regional flu activity and 10 states reported local influenza activity
18th Dec 2017 - Infection Control Today

'Significant flu activity' on the rise in Alabama, says ADPH

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), health providers are increasingly seeing more patients experiencing flu symptoms, as several strains have been reported in recent weeks. "Providers reporting increased percentages of patients with influenza-like illness and influenza samples sent to public health provide an indication of the geographic spread of influenza in Alabama," said Dr. Karen Landers, District Medical Officer
18th Dec 2017 - abc3340.com

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Ile-de-France: the flu is here!

In the Ile-de-France region of France, the flu is now an epidemic and the number of cases rose sharply across the country. Most other French regions are at the pre-epidemic stage, and it is expected that epidemic stage will be reached shortly. The rate of flu vaccinations in France is still too low at 47.4% of the at-risk population. Unfortunately, flu vaccine effectiveness was only around 20 to 30% last season and is expected to be worse this year
17th Dec 2017 - Femin Actu

Flu on rise across France

16th Dec 2017 - The Connexion

Murrieta child becomes first influenza death of season for Riverside County

In California, a Murrieta child died of complications stemming from a flu infection — the first documented death of the 2017-18 influenza season in Riverside County, health officials have disclosed. The victim, identified only as a child under 10 years old, succumbed to the illness Thursday, according to the Department of Public Health. “This is a tragic reminder that the flu still kills,” county Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said. “Get your flu shot and get protected.”
15th Dec 2017 - MyNewsLA.com

Health Officials Report Child Died Of Flu Complications, 1st In Riverside County This Year

15th Dec 2017 - CBS Local Los Angeles

US flu activity jumps as new variant H3N2 case confirmed

Influenza activity is now widespread in 12 states across the country, and officials have confirmed a new case of variant H3N2 (H3N2v) flu, the CDC said in its weekly update. Other indicators are also up sharply, and officials noted a new pediatric death. Flu was widespread in 12 states, some of them in the Midwest and West for the first time this year, according to the CDC's FluView report covering the week ending Dec 9
15th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

FluView Wk 49: Influenza Increasing - 1 Novel H3N2v Report From Iowa

15th Dec 2017 - afludiary.blogspot.com

Flu Season 2017: Influenza Is Now Widespread in 12 States Including New York and California

15th Dec 2017 - Newsweek

Calgary hit by 8 of Alberta's 13 flu-related deaths so far

Calgary continues to be Alberta's influenza epicentre, now accounting for more than half of the province's seasonal flu cases and nearly two-thirds of flu-related deaths. Alberta Health Services says 1,242 of the 2,478 lab-confirmed cases of influenza A and B this season have come in the Calgary health zone. Calgary also accounts for eight of the 13 flu-related deaths across the province
15th Dec 2017 - CBC

Tough flu season claims 13 Albertans including eight deaths in the Calgary Zone

15th Dec 2017 - Calgary CTV News

Influenza continues to flourish in Calgary, new AHS figures show

15th Dec 2017 - Calgary Herald

Flu striking Mississippi, Deep South states, particularly hard

Health officials said the Deep South is among the hardest-hit regions of the nation so far this flu season. In its latest update on influenza activity, the CDC identifies seven states reporting widespread flu activity, and all but one are in the South: Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Virginia
16th Dec 2017 - WAPT Jackson

Oklahoma County records high number of people hospitalized for flu

The flu is off to a fast start in Oklahoma County, where 11 people were hospitalized in the past week alone. As of Friday, 44 people had been admitted to Oklahoma County hospitals for flu-related complications since the start of flu season Sept. 1. Statewide, 179 people have needed hospital care for the flu, and four have died. Most of those hospitalized were either senior adults or children younger than 5
16th Dec 2017 - NewsOK

Iowa reports influenza A(H3N2) variant case, reports contact with swine

The CDC reported in their latest FluView an additional case of human infection with a novel influenza A virus. This person was infected with an influenza A(H3N2) variant [A(H3N2)v] virus and reported direct contact with swine during the week preceding illness onset. The patient was an adult under 50 and has fully recovered. No human-to-human transmission has been identified
16th Dec 2017 - Outbreak News Today

Louisiana hit hard by flu

Louisiana has been hit especially hard this flu season and is experiencing some of the highest numbers of the virus that officials have seen for December. Currently, the level of flu activity is over 5 percent, meaning an estimated one in 20 doctor visits have been for flu-like symptoms. In past Decembers, that rate has normally been at 2 percent
16th Dec 2017 - Houma Courier

Coahuila is among the group of states with the highest number of influenza cases

The places with the highest number of confirmed cases of influenza are Coahuila, San Luis Potosí, Colima, Guerrero and Mexico City; combined they make up 38.5% of the total number of confirmed cases. The Ministry of Health reported the third death from influenza so far this winter season was in Queretaro and the causative strain was type A. Through the General Directorate of Epidemiology, the federal agency reported that up to the end of epidemiological week 50, 270 positive cases of influenza have been confirmed in Mexico; 198 of A (H3N2), 57 of type B and 15 of influenza A.
16th Dec 2017 - Vanguardia.com

Valley family grieving over death of a rarely sick loved one, after pneumonia diagnosis

Valley family grieving over death of a rarely sick loved one, after pneumonia diagnosis. Another family said their loved one, who was healthy and rarely sick, died following a pneumonia diagnosis. FOX 10's Courtney Griffin reports.
15th Dec 2017 - FOX 10 News Phoenix

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State DPH: Flu-related illnesses on the uptick

Influenza-like illnesses remain elevated in Massachusetts, similar to other areas of the country, according to the state's Department of Health report for the week of Dec. 8. The report shows influenza-like illness increasing in most regions of the state, with confirmed flu cases higher this season compared to last at this time, though visits to health care providers for such illnesses dropped from the previous week
14th Dec 2017 - MassLive.com

Health Ministry denies H1N1 flu-related death

In Jordan the Health Ministry denied a H1N1 (swine) flu-related woman death as media reports stated without verifying from reliable sources. Jordan has not registered any H1N1 flu cases since 2006, the ministry's statement said. Ministry Spokesperson Hatem Azrui said the reports mixed H1N1 and seasonal flu, and that the woman died of seasonal flu
14th Dec 2017 - Petra.Gov.Jo

Number of flu-related deaths in Alberta this season rises to 13

Eight new flu-related deaths were reported in Alberta over the past two weeks and new numbers show Calgary continues to be the hardest-hit part of the province this flu season. New figures release by Alberta Health Services (AHS) on Thursday show the number of Albertans who have died this season who also had lab-confirmed influenza has risen to 13.
14th Dec 2017 - Global News.ca

Health Department says the flu is running rampant in New York

The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in New York state, which means health care workers who haven’t had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients. The agency says there have been over 1,800 confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties and all boroughs of New York City. More than 600 required hospitalization
14th Dec 2017 - New York Post

French health chiefs on alert as Paris region hit by flu epidemic

The greater Paris region of Ile-de-France is officially in the midst of a flu epidemic, according to health authorities after the number of cases rocketed in recent days. "For the moment, there is not a single influenza virus that dominates, it is rather a mix of different strains. There are A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2), and cases of the B virus. For the moment it is less aggressive than last year, but we won't know for sure until a few weeks time, " Dr. Sibylle Bernard-Stoecklin, from Santé Publique France, said
14th Dec 2017 - The Local

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Delaware reports first flu-related death of season

Health officials have confirmed Delaware’s first flu-related death of this year’s flu season. Delaware’s Division of Public Health announced that a 47-year-old resident of a long-term care facility died last week at a hospital. He had influenza and a number of underlying health conditions. Officials are urging anyone over six months old to get the flu vaccine if they have not yet been vaccinated
13th Dec 2017 - Washington Post

Delaware reports first flu-related death of season

13th Dec 2017 - Bristol Herald Courier

KUMACA deaths: Sue gov’t for negligence – Muntaka to parents

In Ghana, the Minority Chief Whip in Parliament has urged families of the four students who died at the Kumasi Academy following the outbreak of Influenza H1N1 to sue the government for negligence. According to him, the government’s handling of the virus outbreak at the Academy had been woeful, and since the confirmation of the outbreak as Influenza H1N1 2009, the students are yet to be vaccinate
13th Dec 2017 - starrfmonline.com

Two flu-related deaths in Imperial County

In California, the Imperial County Public Health Department announced Tuesday that two elderly individuals died earlier this month of complications due to influenza. These are the first flu-related deaths reported this flu season. One had received the flu shot and it is unknown if the second individual had received one
13th Dec 2017 - KYMA Channel 11

Tunisia: A pregnant woman died from H1N1 virus

A pregnant woman has died of H1N1 influenza in Tunisia after a brief hospitalisation. She is the second flu related fatality in the country this flu season. There are 300,000 flu vaccine doses available in the country against H1N1 at the moment
13th Dec 2017 - Webdo

Flu prompts temporary closure of Dallas area school district

Officials with the Sunnyvale Independent School District in Dallas County announced the cancellation of classes for Tuesday and Wednesday after seeing increased numbers of students and staff members exhibiting flu-like symptoms. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an overall slight increase in flu activity in the country with H3N2 influenza A being the predominant strain seen
13th Dec 2017 - Outbreak News Today

Health Officials Say 6,000 Flu Hospitalizations Could Have Been Prevented

The CDC reported last week that flu activity has been increasing since the start of November. It is now higher than usual for this time of year said the report. As of last week, seven children had died from influenza. The CDC reports only half of the U.S. population reported getting the vaccine last season. They estimate that if only 5 percent more people had gotten the shot, more than 500,000 illness could have been prevented, along with 6,000 hospitalizations.
13th Dec 2017 - Wxpr.org

Indiana records first flu-related death of the season

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting the first influenza-related death in Indiana of the 2017-2018 flu season. The patient was under age 18. State health officials report influenza, or flu, activity is increasing in some areas of the state, with outbreaks being reported at some long-term care facilities. Fifty-four percent of the influenza-like illness specimens submitted to the ISDH Laboratory tested positive for flu in the week ending Dec. 2.
13th Dec 2017 - Hartford City News Times

Flu season gaining momentum in the Mid-South

The flu season is gaining momentum in the Mid-South. It's now higher than usual this time of year. Doctors said they're also seeing a lot of children with the flu and other viral infections. "We have been very busy here both in the emergency department and within the hospital. A lot of kids with viral infections," said Chief Pediatrician John McCullers. He said many of those kids have the flu. He said it's also not too late to get a flu shot, even though some are concerned it may not be as effective this season
12th Dec 2017 - Wreg.com

Dallas Positive Flu Cases Climb 3 Percent: Dallas County Health and Human Services

Dallas County Health and Human Services report a three percent increase in positive flu tests between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, the most recent week with reporting data. Positive flu tests have been climbing since the week of Oct. 28 when they were at 3.9 percent, except for a dip Nov. 25 when the dropped from 10.1 percent to 9.8 percent. Positive tests for the week of Dec. 2 were 12.8 percent. Of the 267 positive tests returned, 223 were positive influenza A tests while 44 were B tests
12th Dec 2017 - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

One Flu Death Reported As Connecticut Flu Season Ramps Up

Flu season is ramping up with winter coming and state officials say at least one death has been reported. Officials stress it is important to get the vaccine. In a report released last week, the state’s Department of Public Health said an individual older than 65 died from the flu. This was the first weekly flu report of the season to report a death
12th Dec 2017 - Hartford Courant

The flu persists, Salmonellosis is still being reported

In Tahiti, there is a continuing flu epidemic. Between November 20th and December 3rd, 312 new cases were reported. The flu epidemic has not increased in recent weeks, but has nevertheless remained at a high level of spread in Polynesia. During the weeks of November 20 to December 3, 312 cases were reported and 46 samples were positive, two of which were influenza A (H3N2).
11th Dec 2017 - Radio 1 Tahiti

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Connecticut Reports its First Flu-Related Death This Season

Doctors in Connecticut warn that the flu is something to take seriously and people should get vaccinated. "Connecticut this week just reported its first case of a death related to influenza in the state, so it certainly can have pretty severe consequences," said UConn Health Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases Dr. Kevin Dieckhaus. The latest update from the state's health department says 197 people tested positive for the illness so far this season and "one influenza-associated death in an individual greater than 65 years of age has been reported."
12th Dec 2017 - NBC Connecticut

First Flu-Related Death Of Season Reported In Connecticut

12th Dec 2017 - Patch

First Flu Fatality Of The Season Reported In Connecticut

12th Dec 2017 - Greenwich Daily Voice

H1N1 influenza outbreak reported in Kumasi City, Ghana

In late November, an outbreak of influenza A H1N1 was reported Kumasi Academy Senior High School in Ghana, with 13 cases of severe acute respiratory illness. Since that time, the Ghana Ministry of Health has reported 77 cases with four deaths (case fatality rate 5.2%). The majority of the cases, 66%, were males and over 95% of the cases are teenagers. Thus far, the disease is still localized in the school as no cases have been reported among community members
12th Dec 2017 - Outbreak News Today

H1N1 outbreak: 85 cases recorded, 11 students on admission

12th Dec 2017 - starrfmonline.com

Swine Flu: 85 Cases Reported, 11 Students On Admission

12th Dec 2017 - Modern Ghana

Flu cases on the rise

The CDC advises people to get a flu vaccine by the end of October, but early December is still ahead of the typical flu season peak, which is usually between December and March. “As long as the flu is still circulating in your community, it’s not too late,” said Lisa Grohskopf, M.D, Medical Officer at the CDC. in North Idaho, flu cases are on the rise. There were six hospitalizations and one flu-related death in the region in November. The current rate of hospitalizations for influenza has increased to 12.9/100,000 population
12th Dec 2017 - CDA Press

Flu season picking up steam early with unusual spikes

A huge spike in the number of flu cases could portend a particularly bad year for the flu in Arizona. New figures from the Arizona Department of Health Services show there already have been 1,143 cases so far this season. That compared with 157 at the same time last year. What makes this number so potentially alarming is the timing: The number of new cases reported each week does not normally peak until February. People are advised to get vaccinated
12th Dec 2017 - East Valley Tribune

Saskatchewan influenza activity on the rise with experts urging flu vaccine

Influenza activity has begun to surge across Canada and Saskatchewan is no exception. According to surveillance data conducted by the province on influenza rates, confirmed cases this flu season are up 60 per cent compared to the same time last year.
12th Dec 2017 - Global News

Report Says Rio Grande Valley Leading Cases of Influenza In Texas During First Week Of Flu Season

The Rio Grande Valley is leading the state of Texas with an increase in cases of influenza this season. That is according to the latest Walgreens Flu Index Report. The CDC reports at least seven influenza-related deaths this season. Doctors say it could be due to the large amount of strains that exist
12th Dec 2017 - RGV Proud

Flu season hits Northern Colorado early and hard

Flu season has hit particularly hard in Larimer and Weld counties in Colorado. Influenza started showing up in October and the numbers have been steadily climbing, said Dr. Trevor Bush, a family medicine specialist and medical director of UCHealth Urgent Care facilities in Northern Colorado. As of Dec. 2, at least 325 patients statewide had been hospitalized with influenza this season, more than triple the 62 patients who had been hospitalized by the same time last year, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
12th Dec 2017 - The Coloradoan

Swine flu cases in Jeddah under control: Official

In Saudi Arabia, the Jeddah General Directorate of Health Affairs has confirmed that hundreds of swine flu (H1N1) cases have been recently reported in Jeddah, however, no deaths have been recorded. The infectious disease has long been under control, and no longer a threat, according to a health official
12th Dec 2017 - Arab News

News Scan for Dec 12, 2017 Smallpox drug review; Flu rise in North America, Asia; Cholera in Kenya, Zambia

The WHO released a new global influenza update showing that influenza is on the rise in North America, Western and Central Asia, and Europe. In North America, the predominant strain has been influenza A, H3N2. Europe, however, has more influenza B circulating at this time. Both influenza A and B have been detected in Asia. In Western Africa, influenza A (H1N1) detections increased in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. Influenza B detections were reported in Central African Republic and Mozambique
12th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

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Ghana Health Service issues alert on Swine Flu outbreak

The Ghana Health Service has issued an alert over the outbreak of Swine Flu (H1N1) in the country following the death of four students at the Kumasi Academy last week. After several tests, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyenman-Manu confirmed that the students had died from Swine flu. A private company contracted by the Ministry of Education over the weekend carried out a fumigation exercise at the school
11th Dec 2017 - StarrFM online.com

Ghana issues alert on swine flu outbreak

11th Dec 2017 - Xinhua

Flu Activity On The Rise In New York: CDC

The United States can expect to see an increase in influenza activity in the coming weeks, the CDC said in its latest Morbidity and Mortality Report. As of Dec. 2, seven children have died of flu nationwide, according to the report, and more than 850 people have been hospitalized. For the week ending Dec. 2, New York reported "regional" flu activity, one step down from "widespread" activity
11th Dec 2017 - Patch

Flu season hits Ottawa early

According to Ottawa Public Health, flu season started early this year, with the official arrival date of Dec. 4. A total of 19 cases of the flu have been reported since Sept. 1, the agency said. The median age for people affected by the virus is 71 years old. Flu season arrived early last year as well, swamping clinics across the city with feverish patients over the holidays
11th Dec 2017 - CBC.ca

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Ohio seeing higher number of flu cases early in season

The snowy, cold weather is helping usher in the flu season, which doctors say is getting an early start. This year, hospitals across Ohio are admitting more patients than this time a year ago. According to the Ohio Department of Health, 257 people across the state have been admitted to the hospital for flu-related illnesses. This time last year, the number was 83
10th Dec 2017 - Fox8.com

Ghana Health Service issues health alert on swine flu

The Ghana Health Service is warning of an outbreak of H1N1 in the country. It follows ongoing outbreak of confirmed Swine Flu (H1N1) at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA) in the Ashanti Region which has claimed about 13 lives within the past 7 months with more than forty students affected
10th Dec 2017 - Ghana Web

State reports first flu death of the season

Connecticut has had its first flu-related death of the season, according to the state Department of Public Health. As of Dec. 2, the state reports, there has been one flu-associated death in a person older than 65. No other details were given. The state also reports that 197 people had tested positive for the flu — an increase of more than 50 cases from the previous week, when 142 people had tested positive for the contagious respiratory illness
10th Dec 2017 - CTPost.com

Flu now widespread throughout Virginia

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has now listed Virginia as one of seven states with widespread flu activity. This is a significant increase from last week when only localized cases of flu were reported in the Commonwealth.
10th Dec 2017 - wric.com

Bawumia to visit KUMACA, urges calm over swine flu fears

Ghana Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia is expected to visit the Kumasi Academy following the health crisis in the school that has claimed four lives in the last week. In a statement on his Facebook page, the Vice President expressed the government’s “heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families, teachers, students and friends of Kumasi Academy Senior High School who have been affected by the H1N1 virus.”
9th Dec 2017 - CitiFMonline

Flu cases soaring in Arizona

A huge spike in the number of flu cases could portend a particularly bad year for the flu in Arizona. New figures from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows there already have been 1,143 cases so far this season. That compared with 157 at the same time last year. And that 2016 figure was not an aberration. The average to this date for the five seasons before this one is just 142. What makes this number so potentially alarming is the timing: the number of new cases reported each week does not normally peak until February
9th Dec 2017 - Payson Roundup

Two people have been killed by flu across the country

Two people have died in Mexico because of influenza. The first death was due to type A (H3N2) in Hidalgo and the second due to influenza type B in Yucatan. The Ministry of Health was informed through the General Directorate of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (DGE), that there have been 200 positive cases of influenza confirmed, which correspond to 147 A (H3N2), 47 of B and 6 of influenza A
8th Dec 2017 - Excelsior

Akufo-Addo exposed to Influenza H1N1 – Health Minister reveals

In Ghana, Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Manu has revealed that President Akufo-Addo was exposed to the Influenza H1N1 which has killed some 11 students at the Kumasi Academy when he visited the school last weekend during their 60th anniversary celebrations. Vaccines will be sent to the school to fight the outbreak and ensure that the situation is contained
8th Dec 2017 - GhanaWeb

Flu deaths double to 6 in Calgary as new cases of main strain soar by more than 200

The number of people who had lab-confirmed cases of the flu and died has doubled in Calgary in a week, while more than 200 new cases of the predominant strain have popped up in the area. Last week at this time, Alberta Health Services said there had been three fatalities in the Calgary area connected with influenza. On Friday, the province release new figures that showed the number has climbed to six.
8th Dec 2017 - CBC.ca

US flu continues to rise and expand its reach

With the U.S. experiencing an early start to its flu season, indicators edged higher again last week, with six states now reporting widespread activity, the CDC said in its weekly update. Of 151 million to 166 million flu vaccine doses that pharmaceutical companies expect to make for the US market, 148.2 million have been sent out by distributors. So far vaccine uptake patterns are similar to this time last season. Surveys through early November suggest that 38.6% of the US population that is recommended to receive the vaccine has been immunized against flu
8th Dec 2017 - CIDRAP

Flu Season 2017: Cases Of Disease Are Higher Than Usual, CDC Says

8th Dec 2017 - Newsweek

H3N2, known to evade vaccine, is predominant flu strain in US

8th Dec 2017 - Healio.com

The flu is already battering seven states, CDC report warns as "deadly" strain takes hold early

8th Dec 2017 - Daily Mail

US flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

8th Dec 2017 - WSPA.com

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

8th Dec 2017 - CDC.gov

Influenza picking up in U.S., predominantly A(H3N2)

8th Dec 2017 - Medical Xpress

Update: Influenza Activity — United States, October 1–November 25, 2017

8th Dec 2017 - CDC.gov

Flu Season Is Already Off to a Bad Start

8th Dec 2017 - Live Science

In Rough Flu Season, 7 States Reporting "Widespread" Activity, CDC Says

8th Dec 2017 - American Council on Science and Health

Indiana's first flu death of the season is reported

Indiana’s first flu death of the season has been reported and it is a person under the age of 18. The Indiana State Department of Health announced the death Friday afternoon. The victim was at least 5 years old. The department said there are some flu outbreaks at longterm care centers around Indiana
8th Dec 2017 - WISH-TV

Flu activity ramps up as Indiana sees 1st death of year

8th Dec 2017 - Indianapolis Star

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Health officials: 135 people hospitalized with the flu this season

As Christmas approaches, health officials are warning Oklahomans that the flu is spreading across the state. On Thursday, health officials released the latest influenza numbers from across the state. Experts say that 24 people had to be hospitalized within the last week due to the virus, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 135
7th Dec 2017 - kfor.com

Number of confirmed influenza cases in San Diego County has increased ‘significantly’ this week, officials say

The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza in the San Diego region increased significantly last week over the week before, county health officials reported today. According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, 182 flu cases were reported, compared to 107 the previous week. That brings the total number of cases during “flu season” in San Diego County to 859. At this time last year, the total was 242
7th Dec 2017 - Bonsall Villlage News

Walgreens launches Flu Index for 2017-18 season

Walgreens launched on Wednesday its first Flu Index of the 2017–18 influenza season. The Walgreens Flu Index, now in its fourth year, uses prescription data for antiviral drugs used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide and Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. For the week of December 2, 2017, the top five states with influenza activity were Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming, according to the index
7th Dec 2017 - Pharmacist.com

First case of Influenza Type A at the San Matteo clinic

The first H1N1 influenza strain has been isolated at San Matteo laboratories of Microbiology and Virology. The first case of influenza A involved a 4 year old child of Egyptian origin but resident in the province of Pavia who has been hospitalized in recent days in a regional Pediatric Clinic, after showing signs of fever, vomiting and loss of appetite.
7th Dec 2017 - Il Giorno

Flu season soars in the United States, especially in the South

After a slow start in October, flu season in the United States is gaining speed, particularly in the South. Flu activity, which has been increasing since the start of November, is now higher than usual for this time of year, according to a report published Thursday by the CDC. "Flu is increasing. We're seeing a pretty steep increase in influenza activity across the US but especially in the South," said Brendan Flannery, a co-author of the new report and an epidemiologist in the CDC's flu division
7th Dec 2017 - CNN

54 people, including 11 from Bhubaneswar, died of Swine Flu this year

A total of 54 people from the Indian state of Odisha have died of swine flu this year. The health department has directed the health staff in every district to remain alert and inform the department about the disease if they find symptom of H1N1 virus
7th Dec 2017 - Times of India

A rough flu season could be ahead, doctors say

More than half of New York’s counties have had cases of flu confirmed by Wadsworth Center, the state Department of Health’s laboratory in Albany. Statewide, the number of people hospitalized for the flu jumped 56 percent compared with recent weeks, according to the state’s Weekly Surveillance Report, last updated on Nov. 25. Nationally, more than 7,000 cases of the seasonal illness have been confirmed, double what was seen a year ago, experts said. The strain of flu causing the most illness in New York — influenza A H3N2 — is the same one that caused illnesses in a deadly wave south of the equator this year.
6th Dec 2017 - Newsday

Florida health dept. reports first death of flu season

In Florida, the incoming flu cases are steady. However, doctors say it's still too early to tell how bad the season will get here. Unfortunately, the Florida Department of Health reports the first flu-related death of the season -- a child who did not get their flu shot this year. With cases are steadily increasing, doctors are urging people to get their flu shot
6th Dec 2017 - wptv.com

Confirmed! KUMACA students died of Swine Flu

In Ghana, it has emerged the four Kumasi Academy students who died over the last few days died of Influenza Type A H1N1. Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang Manu has said 12 out of the 19 cases sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute has tested positive for the virus.
7th Dec 2017 - MyJoy online.com

Official: H1N1 Influenza virus is responsible for KUMACA deaths

7th Dec 2017 - Ghana Web

Flu outbreak closes Litchfield schools

A flu outbreak has closed an Illinois school district. Custodians will be working to sanitize and disinfect the schools during the closure. This year's flu season is already shaping up to be particularly brutal. In Missouri, there have already been 1,545 cases of the flu reported, compared to 379 cases at this time last year. The CDC says this year's flu season started early, and the U.S. may be particularly hard-hit
7th Dec 2017 - KSDK

Litchfield cancels school due to influenza

7th Dec 2017 - Belleville News-Democrat

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Young Mother Dies Just One Day After Flu Diagnosis

A 20-year-old mother of two children from Arizona, had passed away on Nov. 28, only a day after she was diagnosed with the flu. Her family describes her as a very healthy woman with no pre-existing health conditions. Despite being given Tamiflu, she eventually developed pneumonia and died in hospital
6th Dec 2017 - Tech Times

A young 20 year old Arizona woman was diagnosed with flu and then died the following day

6th Dec 2017 - NoticiasYa

Young mum caught flu virus on Sunday and died on Tuesday

6th Dec 2017 - NEWS.com.au

NIH & WHO Experts Warn of Severe Flu Season in the United States

Flu activity is now high in at least 3 states, according to the CDC's weekly FluView report for the week ending November 25, 2017. The report for Week 47 notes that influenza A continues to dominate the 2017-2018 flu season in the United States. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness climbed above the national baseline of 2.2% for the first time to reach 2.3%, up from the previous week’s rate of 2.0%. Four states—Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma—are now reporting widespread flu activity, an increase from 2 states last week.
6th Dec 2017 - Contagion Live.com

November sees spike in flu cases

In Mississippi, an unusual November cold snap may have contributed to an early outbreak of the flu in the Golden Triangle, mirroring trends happening across the nation, medical professionals say. Flu cases are striking entire families, and in these cases, healthcare staff try to treat the rest of the family with Tamiflu to stop the illness from spreading. Almost all the patients who have tested positive for the flu have not had a flu vaccination
6th Dec 2017 - Daily Times Leader

A record 720,564 patients flooded NSW emergency departments this winter

An unprecedented number of patients flooded NSW emergency departments over this year's horror winter period, putting staff under immense pressure and severely affecting wait times at several Sydney hospitals. AMA NSW president Dr Brad Frankum said there was no doubt the horrendous flu season was to blame for some of increase. Health authorities recorded 103,193 confirmed flu cases from January to November 2017, almost triple the 2016 total of 35,537
6th Dec 2017 - The Sydney Morning Herald

Number of confirmed flu cases here rising

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, since Oct. 1, over 2,500 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers. Through the last week of November, 54 of the state’s 75 counties reported influenza cases.
6th Dec 2017 - Paris Express

Flu cases double last year's total, CDC says

More than 7,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in the U.S. so far this flu season -- more than double the number this time last year, CBS News reported, citing data from the CDC. The latest death attributed to the flu was a woman from Arizona. Her case increased the influenza death toll to eight adults nationwide. This season so far, Oklahoma has seen two fatalities from influenza, while five deaths related to the flu were reported in North Carolina
6th Dec 2017 - Fox News

Influenza claims two lives in Flathead County

In Montana, two Flathead County residents have died from the flu, marking the state’s first influenza-related deaths this season, the Flathead City-County Health Department reported Wednesday. Both deceased residents were over the age of 65. Last year, the flu claimed the lives of 56 Montanans, including seven who lived in Flathead County
6th Dec 2017 - Daily Interlake.com

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In Mexico there is a latent risk of an AH1N1 flu epidemic

The risk of an epidemic derived from the contagion of influenza virus AH1N1 is latent in Mexico, according to specialists from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The more mutations of the virus exist and fewer people are vaccinated, the risk of a pandemic increases. Influenza is an infection of viral origin; It affects the bronchi, larynx and nasal passages, but can spread to the lungs. In some cases, the symptoms are confused with those of a cold, but they are more intense. Fever, acute muscle pain, headache and dry cough can extend up to one or two weeks, incapacitating the patient. In populations at risk, children under 5 and older adults, influenza can lead to pneumonia and death.
6th Dec 2017 - Noticieros Televisa

The number of flu cases in San Luis Potosí rise, reinforcing the need for people to get vaccinated

So far, the entities with the most confirmed cases of influenza are: Colima, Nuevo León, Nayarit, Guerrero and San Luis Potosí, which together account for 42.5% of the total of the 153 confirmed cases. In order to avoid an increase in influenza cases, the health sector in San Luis Potosí reinforced the application of vaccines that already exceeded 50% of the target set for this season. "We still have vaccines. To date we have more than 414 thousand doses that have been applied, we have over 54% of vaccinations. We have 10 cases, ten confirmed cases of influenza throughout the state, "said Fernando Méndez, chief of epidemiological surveillance of the Ministry of Health
6th Dec 2017 - Noticieros Televisa

Has city seen the worst of swine flu this year?

After creating havoc in Nagpur for the whole year, swine flu seems to have finally disappeared from the city. In the last 22 days, no new positive cases have come up. However, two deaths of patients undergoing treatment for over a month have been registered in this period. As per Nagpur Municipal Corporation records, the toll of positive cases remains at 356 till Tuesday but the death toll has reached 44. As of now, there are no patients in any hospital in the city
6th Dec 2017 - Times of India

Flu virus spreading faster than last season, 4 states already have widespread cases

The spread of the flu is moving quicker this year than last, with four states already in the "widespread" category according to the CDC.Last year at this time there were no states in the widespread category. This year, for the last week in November, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia and Massachusetts have hit that mark already.
5th Dec 2017 - FOX19

Flu season hits Massachusetts early as experts worry vaccine won’t match dominant strain