Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina

Flu deaths rise to seven in North Carolina

Nine pediatric flu deaths had been reported this season from other states as of December 16, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It isn't in Tulsa County, but several more hospitalizations occurred here in the last week.

Arizona is one of 21 states in the country reporting a high number of outpatient visits due to flu in the previous week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The Laredo Health Department is urging the public to get their flu shots immediately, since the state is seeing a widespread spike in flu cases.

Dr. Tan said many illnesses can cause similar symptoms, including headache, fever and chills, so unless you get tested, you won't know for sure.

In recent years, Forsyth and Wake Forest Baptist medical centers, Cone Hospital and High Point Regional have put in visitor restrictions at the same time, such as February 24 to April 18 for the 2016-17 season.

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Nationally, there have been 12 pediatric deaths from the flu.

"The strains we have been seeing are "influenza A's" and they're H3N2's", said Whitney.

"We're about two weeks ahead of where we were a year ago", she said.

"Patients experiencing flu symptoms should see a health provider, including primary care or urgent care, as soon as possible, because there is a prescription medicine that can reduce the duration and symptoms".

She also stressed the importance of staying home instead of going into work if you're sick, for your own protection and the protection of others.

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