Two More Flu-related Deaths Reported in San Diego County

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Numbers from December show 70 cases of influenza, and eight (8) hospitalizations.

So far this season, 151 patients have been admitted to hospital with influenza.Most of these cases involved children and people over 65 years. There were about 80,000 estimated deaths, including 180 children - the most since the CDC started using its latest surveillance procedures. Danuta M. Skowronski, epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on August 19, 2008.

So far in North Carolina, there have been 10 flu-related deaths this flu season.

"For children under the age of 2, parents should contact their primary pediatrician".

This time a year ago, there was a strong flu strain, forcing hospital facilities to impose strict visiting restrictions which remained in place ever since. The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years.

"It's a different season, different profile".

Protect yourself and your family this flu season.

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"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center. Those at higher risk of flu complications include children under five, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. That was the most activity for any state, according to the agency's map.

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

Additional illness prevention resources can be found by visiting the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health websites.

"Even people who had the flu shot were getting the flu", she said. That applies to data collected on both adults and children.

It takes about two weeks for your body to build up immunity after getting vaccinated, but if you receive the shot now, you'll still be protected for most of the flu season, which runs through May (usually peaking in February). Currently, we have four strains represented in our flu vaccine, two type As and two type Bs. Melnick said it's still too early to tell how effective this season's flu shot has been.

Although the season has already begun, there is still time to get the flu shot. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.