IN flu deaths reached 136 final week, up from 107

Pediatricians, parents concerned as flu cases continue to climb

Free flu shots are available throughout Los Angeles County.

When asked the reason why CCSU would not be offering wellness services for the flu, the university refused to comment.

This is the seventh consecutive week of widespread flu activity in Kentucky. Health departments throughout the county report a spike in numbers in the past week.

The mid-season estimate for the vaccine's ability to provide protection from this particular influenza strain is in line with what Australia experienced during the southern hemisphere's flu season, which ended in late August as Canada's was about to begin.

Unlike Central, the University of Hartford, which is only 10 miles away from campus, offers flu shots for all students, faculty and staff, according to UHart's Wellness Center.

Vaccine efficacy was determined by comparing positive influenza tests in vaccinated and unvaccinated patients who sought care at community-based practitioners in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, representing 80 per cent of the population.

Other state universities were reached out to for comment, but no response was heard.

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Sixteen children died of the flu in the week ended Jan 27, bringing total paediatric deaths to 53 for the season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly report. But the severity of this year's flu season could lead to longer hospital stays.

Despite this, some people refuse to get it due to misconceptions about the vaccine.

One glimmer of hope: There are early indications that flu activity may be peaking in the West, "but we are by no means out of the woods", said Schuchat, noting that the disease continues to increase in the East and remains largely unchanged in the South. "While this a very bad flu season, there is so much you can to help prevent influenza.and steps you can take if your children do get ill".

"Over thanksgiving break I made it a priority to get my flu shot from my primary care doctor", said Hussey. "If I knew what was in it, I might actually get it". She retired previous year and didn't get a flu shot figuring she was no longer around sick children. For more information go to publichealth.lacounty.gov or call 2-1-1.

Although those at the greatest risk of catching the flu are elderly individuals and infants, the CDC claims that anyone, despite their age or status of health, could be one of the 3,000 to 49,000 people in the United States who die as a result of the illness.

The overall impact of the flu is highest among people over age 65, followed this year by people ages 50 to 64, CDC hospitalization data show. Public health officials and doctors have warned not to just assume these symptoms are that of the common cold. "However, at this time, there is no nationwide shortage of these products", said Gottlieb.

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