Flu season hitting Okanagan kids hard

Grant Boone
January 13, 2019

The health department reports a total of 423 Montana flu cases so far this season, two flu-related fatalities and 34 hospitalizations.

Like the three previous deaths, the department said the latest victim was over the age of 50.

According to the CDC an estimated 80,000 American died of flu and its complications last season - the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades. Flu activity was high in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia, according to the CDC.

Northern Manitoba has been hit hard in the 2018-19 flu season, with 130 influenza cases from September 1 to December 29, second only to Winnipeg which had 210.

This flu season is so far milder compared to last year's brutal one, but authorities are still on the watch.

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Flu can cause severe illness and even death. This means that ARGONet will be the most accurate program to estimate influenza activity and that it can report all the US flu activity a week ahead of the traditional reports. While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits for flu-like illness in the US, this information can lag up to two weeks behind real time.

However, the Boston Children's Hospital's Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) has found a way to estimate the flu activity by using machine learning and forecasting methods together.

Women with the flu who weren't hospitalized or were hospitalized but not admitted to the intensive care unit didn't have significantly higher risks for any of the complications studied, the researchers said.

Public health experts say flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu. "Three of those women who were not vaccinated nearly died and we had to get them over the hump by giving them Intensive Care Unit treatment." . "This is one of the reasons it is so important to get vaccinated".

But getting sick with flu early in pregnancy makes it twice as likely to have a baby with birth defects of the brain, spine or heart, Gupta said. Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February.

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