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Influenza numbers in Kane County on the rise

As of last week Tulare County Public Health has received reports that two Tulare County women have died from influenza-related infection: one from influenza A and the other from influenza B. The numbers of patients with the flu have increased in the county over the last month.

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Local ER departments and outpatient clinics are also seeing very high volumes of patients, health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 46 states, and officials predict the season could be as severe as 2014-15.

A health representative from Tippecanoe County said they did not want to comment.

It said, in case of mild fever with sore throat with or without bodyache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting, the patient neither requires Oseltamivir nor testing.

"Flu is hard to predict", said ODH Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig, in a statement. But she did say emergency room and urgent care visits peaked around Christmas, but have now dropped and leveled off. That dwarfs the 369 hospitalizations at this time a year ago.

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Specifically, cases of H3N2, a strain of influenza A, are high. Still, experts say getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr S. Amin Tabish told Rising Kashmir that there was only one H1N1 positive patient at the isolation ward of the hospital at present and he is being treated.

Although children are more susceptible to serious illness from H3N2 than the general population, they are also particularly vulnerable to the "B" strain, possibly due to their lack of previous exposure, she said. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

Up to December 30, 1,050 influenza-associated hospitalizations had been reported and 34 deaths.

It's not clear yet how effective this year's flu vaccine will be, as federal data on that won't be available till February.

It seems like we hear the same thing every flu season - it's going to be bad this year. However, some have chronic health problems and the flu can lead to complications ranging from moderate to life-threatening.

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