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Winter flu outbreak hits Hong Kong, with ten reported deaths

11 January 2018

Today, officials with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirmed three flu-related deaths in the county.

Byrne says wash your hands to keep from catching the flu.

Waterman said protective masks are available at health care offices as well as at kiosks throughout the hospital to be worn by people coming to the medical campus for appointments who have symptoms.

Canada's chief public health officer says it's possible that this year's flu vaccine may have limited effectiveness against a particularly severe strain of influenza A that appears to be dominant throughout Canada.

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It said, in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires Oseltamivir nor testing.

White County Public Health nurse Marsha Oilar says she administers 600 doses of the flu vaccine each year.

Patients should be aware of long wait lines and if you have minor flu or flu-like symptoms, don't go to the ER to avoid straining resources. Estimates are that it's about 32% effective, while last year it was 39% effective and most years it's 40% to 60% effective.

In response to all of those people getting sick, Mercy Health St. Rita's has officially made the decision concerning people that are thinking about stopping by and seeing a loved one - if you're feeling sick with the flu, they're asking you to please stay home. He said Birmingham area hospitals are at or over normal capacity due to a large number of people with flu or flu-like illnesses.

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"There are way too many people who are showing up in the workplace and in our schools with symptoms of influenza, and we need to make it easy for those people to take care of themselves and stay home and take appropriate precautions", she said. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations in OH since flu season began last October.

"There are early indicators that this influenza season is a little bit more severe compared to prior influenza seasons".

Tam said that given the burden of influenza B on kids, the national advisory committee on immunization recommends children receive the "quadrivalent" vaccine, which protects against four strains of flu, including two B strains. Rodriguez explained that this can happen because the influenza virus is constantly evolving, presenting a moving target for vaccine makers. This is especially true for those most likely to suffer complications of the flu such as the elderly, chronically ill, and young children.

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Winter flu outbreak hits Hong Kong, with ten reported deaths