Flu contributes to death of 51-year-old North County woman

Fewer people getting flu shots, fewer influenza cases so far this season

The US on a path of the worst influenza seasons in a long time

Flu cases are particularly widespread across the state this season.

However, numbers remained below levels recorded in 2017-2018 during the worst flu season in years, data from the state Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health showed.

A North Carolina child has died of the flu, marking the state's first child flu death of the season, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

So far this season, 27 USA children have died from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No other information was released on the case due to patient privacy.

KOMO reports of the 19 people who have died in Washington state, one was less than 5 years old and another was between the ages of 5 and 17.

"Typical flu seasons, we will peak somewhere in January". Pennsylvania's flu season officially runs from late October until mid-May.

Officials add that it's not too late to get the flu shot but residents who've yet to do so should act fast, as it takes "about two weeks for the vaccine to provide protection". "Lower your risk and the risk of those around you by getting the flu vaccine". "That's why pretty much everyone in healthcare gets it".

If you've evaded the flu so far without a flu shot, consider yourself lucky.

Influenza symptoms typically include sudden onset of high fever, cough, muscle aches and pains.

"We are seeing a significant uptick in the number of influenza-like illnesses and flu-related illnesses", confirmed Dr. Sherri Young, health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

When in doubt of which illness you have, he advised scheduling an appointment with your family doctor or heading to an urgent care.

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