4 more die in the Tri-Cities' worst flu season in years

2 child deaths from flu reported at Wichita hospital

2 child deaths from flu reported at Wichita hospital

There have been more than 47,000 reported cases of the flu in Pennsylvania this flu season, officials said.

Twenty-six flu-related deaths were reported last week in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 91 for the season.

This year the flu is particularly serious, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcing on January 26 that the flu activity has not yet peaked for the season.

A flu-season graph on the state Department of Health website depicting week-to-week numbers of new cases in Pennsylvania rises like a cliff.

27, almost 1,200 patients had been hospitalized with confirmed cases of the flu in CT and 52 of them have died.

The deaths as of Monday included two children between age 5 and 18, two people age 25-44, 16 people between 45 and 64 and 102 people who were 65 or older.

New research from Canada, however, has revealed that this year's flu vaccine is 14% less effective than originally thought, meaning that it is just 20% effective against the dominant H3N2 strain.

The Department of Health doesn't have an estimate of the number of flu shots given this year.

Dr. Castellaw says, its still not too late to get one.

One out of 14 doctors visits, a patient is complaining of flu symptoms, the highest amount in nearly a decade. The shot is a cocktail of vaccines and part of its effectiveness is dependent upon how well researchers can predict which strains will be the most virulent each season.

Smith agreed, adding that people with weakened immune systems might need more than a five-day supply for a single bout with the flu.

Statewide, 132 people have died from the flu so far this season.

According to the Health & Wellness website, they offer intradermal and intramuscular flu shots.

If sick with the flu contact your health care provider early because early treatment can impact the course of the disease.

"The best protection is to get an annual flu shot, then try to avoid exposure by frequent handwashing and avoiding sharing cups, eating utensils, and smoking materials".

Be sure to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow, since it is believed the flu spreads through tiny droplets.

"That's the highest we've seen in the last four years", Bassett said at a news conference Tuesday to remind workers to take advantage of the city's sick pay law and stay home if they are not feeling well.

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