Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

CDC confirms: FluMist nasal spray is less effective than the shot

A young child who died after testing positive for influenza is the first pediatric-flu associated death in Riverside County this flu season, health officials said Wednesday.

During the same timeframe, there were only two reported deaths from influenza a year ago.

The health department tracks reports of flu-like illnesses across the county in hospitals, assisted-living centers and schools.

Public Health won't consider the flu season to be active until that threshold has been crossed for two straight weeks.

There have been 1,723 lab confirmed cases of the flu since September 1.

"As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later", the CDC says on its website.

"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so". "We're seeing it affecting preschoolers at a higher level". Typically, the Atlantic province begins seeing a surge of flu in late December, following the close-quarters socializing of the Christmas holidays when the virus finds lots of hosts to infect. Since then, it's been H3N2, which tends to affect seniors.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has also reported 13 outbreaks of influenza in long-term care facilities.

Shahab said immunization rates for kids should be higher.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained.

He said children were not among the flu fatalities so far and they also do not include any pregnant women.

Related News:



Most liked

Apps that do nothing but serve ads ‘tricked’ 9 million Android users
These "apps" are capable of displaying full-screen ads, monitoring a device screen unlocking functionality and hiding themselves. After Google was informed of this misbehaviour, the tech giant was swift in suspending all of these apps.

Toyota recalls 1.7-million cars over Takata airbag defects
Previously, 37 million USA vehicles with 50 million inflators were recalled and 16.7 million inflators remain to be replaced. In April, auto components maker Key Safety Systems completed a US$1.6 billion (RM6.58 billion) deal to acquire Takata.

2nd suspect charged in shooting death of Jazmine Barnes
O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to the family last week to pay for the funeral. Police say Larry Woodruffe , 24, killed Jazmine Barnes after he fired into her mother's vehicle on 30 December.

Former Israeli cabinet minister sentenced to 11 years in prison for espionage
In recent years Segev lived in Nigeria , where he first made contact with the Iranian Embassy in 2012, according to the Shin Bet . Segev was extradited from Equatorial Guinea in May 2018 and charged with spying for Iran , which is Israel's main adversary.

US Navy veteran has been in Iran prison for months
White, a 46-year-old US Navy veteran, was seized while visiting Iran and has been held in jail since July on unspecified charges. She told The Times that State Department officials notified her in December that her son was being held in an Iranian prison.

Victorian man arrested for allegedly sending suspicious packages to embassies
Police said they have identified all the intended recipients and have put procedures in place to recover the outstanding packages. More than a dozen foreign offices received suspicious packages on Wednesday, including the USA and British missions in Melbourne.

Tehran Confirms Reports of US Citizen's Arrest in Iran
Christine Levinson's husband, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Bob Levinson, has been missing in Iran since 2007. He described White as fearful and depressed, "suffering psychologically", while being held in a ward with unsafe criminals.

Jaguar Land Rover cutting 4,500 jobs
That includes a slowdown in Chinese sales, a slump in diesel sales and concerns about United Kingdom competitiveness post-Brexit. As well as its United Kingdom manufacturing centres, JLR also has facilities in Brazil, Austria, Slovakia, India and China.

Apple will reportedly manufacture 10% fewer iPhones this quarter
Shares of Foxconn, the world's biggest electronics contract manufacturer, were up 1.6 percent while Pegatron was up 1.3 percent. The bleaker sales outlook, which Apple attributed to weak China demand, triggered a broad sell-off in global stock markets.

Jamie Lee Curtis Slams Golden Globes Over Fiji Water Branding
The Golden Globes red carpet was congested with actresses and models - the Fiji Water girl included. In the video she starts her speech, "Wow, oh wow, I don't really know what to say".

Rare penny found in Pittsfield selling for $120,000
After being dispelled by the Treasury Department, Lutes made a decision to keep his 1943-branded coin for his personal collection. The World War II collector's item is "one of the most valuable coins in American history", according to Heritage Auctions .

Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to enter 2019 National Football League draft
Oklahoma star Kyler Murray signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics to play baseball following the 2018 season with the Sooners. Murray was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and has a $4.66 million bonus with the Oakland A's .

Meghan made patron of National Theatre
Meghan Markle , the Duchess of Sussex , marked another first in her eight months as a member of Britain's royal family. Two of the patronages Meghan now has formerly belonged to the Queen and have been handed over to the Duchess.

Meet new Packers head coach Matt LaFleur
We like to have plays, we like to say plays that start off looking the same but are different, plays that play off of plays. As LaFleur's new starting quarterback might say, those skeptics should R-E-L-A-X. "This is a dream come true for me".

Former Packers coach Mike McCarthy to sit out the 2019 season
Prior to his time as head coach in Miami, Gase was an offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos . It was rumored McCarthy was going to either the Cleveland Browns or the New York Jets .