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Four new flu deaths reported by state health officials

Four new flu deaths reported by state health officials

"We're definitely seeing an increase in activity from the flu, flu-like symptoms and upper-respiratory and stomach virus issues at our urgent care center and other centers", said Dean Griffin, the CEO of Lawrence Medical Center. Many of those reports focused on one strain of influenza found in Australia this year, which led to a record number of flu outbreaks.

Flu season lasts from October through May.

The Department for Public Health says flu activity in Kentucky is now considered widespread.

In addition to recommending the flu shot, Harrison said frequent hand washing and using antiseptic wipes on frequently touched surfaces-such as door knobs and telephones-can help protect against the flu.

North Carolina health officials believe more needs to be done to protect families from the flu.

Cases of influenza have continued to spike each day for the past 10 days, said Lori Lamont, acting chief operating officer and vice-president of nursing and allied health for the WRHA.

Gastrointestinal illness is generally caused by viruses and bacteria and occassionally from the toxins created by bacteria. The state department reported earlier this week that in Alabama providers are reporting almost 3.6 percent of outpatient visits are due to influenza-like illness.

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"Thinking about folks that are traveling right now, it would be fruitful for them to know that flu could be traveling with them", Jernigan said.

The health unit is encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

Doctors continue to warn Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu as the number of deaths related to the virus rises.

Dr. David Kirschke of Tennessee's Northeast Regional Health Office sard that this year's vaccine is a good match for the strains he's seeing.

Australia's bad flu season has been dominated by the H3N2 strain.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Meanwhile, public health officials are encouraging people to get the flu shot, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick. While the elderly, the young and those with compromised immune systems are usually more at risk.


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