That compares to just 19 cases reported for the week ending December 8.
Calgarians may be sneezing a bit less frequently in this new year but a public health doctor wants you to remember that flu season isn't over yet. "For it to just take her life, nothing prepares you for how fast it moves", said Allison's mother Crystal White Shield. "We kind of saw a blip a couple weeks ago, and it went down a little bit". One of the hardest hit areas now is Louisville Metro, which has confirmed more than 550 cases recently.
There have been reports of an increase in reported influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina. Public health officials point out, that strain is covered by this year's flu vaccine.
Recently, a 65-year-old man who was infected with Influenza A died, making him the first flu fatality.
Other health departments in the area have similar stories. Flu can be very contagious.
Although the vaccine won't prevent all cases of the flu, it lessens the severity and duration of symptoms, and those who get flu after receiving a vaccine are less likely to require hospitalization and less likely to die. "You shouldn't wait and see if it's a good match or not, because by that time it might be too late".
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The flu vaccine is a combination vaccine against two strains of influenza A and one strain of influenza B. For the week ending December 29, 2018, Minnesota reported just 24 hospitalizations compared with more than 500 cases around the same time in the 2017-2018 flu season.
"There's a lot of things that might be going on, so the strain that's been circulating is one potential issue".
"It nearly always becomes widespread at some point", said Doug Schultz, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health. The vaccination generally takes from 10 days to two weeks to take effect as the body builds up antibodies. "It peaked early and hit really hard".
The CDC doesn't track adult deaths from flu, but they do keep tabs on pediatric deaths.
As the number of flu cases spikes in New Brunswick, health professionals are sounding the alarm that not enough people are getting the flu shot. We are averaging approximately 5-6 hospitalizations a day.