2 more flu deaths in county bring season’s death toll to 11

As flu outbreak numbers rise, the HSE says it's not too late to get your vaccine

County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially those with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions. However, the flu virus can be particularly risky for young children, seniors, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

In Clark County, the flu killed at least 14 people last season. However, he's expecting another two to four weeks of transmission. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

New Brunswick's peak might come somewhat sooner, as cases there began spreading in late November.

Many medical clinics and pharmacies offer flu shots.

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Across Ontario, influenza has been hitting young children, but the picture is a little different in the Quinte area. However, overall the province has given 278,000 doses of the vaccine, up eight per cent from previous year .

A New Jersey child has died of the flu, marking the first pediatric flu death of the 2018-2019 season in the state.

These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu.

The HSE has urged all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for.

The flu is mainly affecting children and the over 65s, said HSE public health specialist Dr Kevin Kelleher. The more people who are vaccinated, the less likely the virus is to spread - protecting those who are most vulnerable, including babies, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems.

Three of those deaths have been unvaccinated children under the age of five. It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.

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