The total of confirmed deaths from pneumonia and flu in MA during the fifth through seventh week of flu season is around 365. The CDC found 8% resistance among H1N1 influenza A virus strains against oseltamivir, but the more severe H3N2 strains showed no resistance against the popular drug. However, the agency says 26 of those deaths occurred in previous weeks.
"This year's vaccine is about 30 percent effective", Buckman said.
"In terms of the level of severity, we are still within range of what's normal, but we are at the high end of that range", said Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical health officer for Nova Scotia.
"While the numbers of hospital and outpatient visits attributed to the flu have decreased over the last several weeks, we still have several more weeks to go in this flu season", Public Health Commissioner Raul Pino said.More news: Donald Tusk warns Ireland must come first in Brexit talks
In the past week, 34 more people died from the flu, bringing the total number in SC this season to 201.
The strain that was predominant early this flu season, H3N2, is harder to inoculate for as it mutates more quickly than the other strains.
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Southeastern Regional Hospital restricted visitors in late January because of the flu.
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The number of laboratory-confirmed cases of flu now stands at 16,986 as of the state's March 9 report, an increase of 1,215 from the year-to-date figure for the week ending March 2. In particular, H7N9, seen primarily in China but not in the USA, is most resistant, he said. There are likely more flu-associated deaths across the state, Mask said.
"Another case a wife nearly went mad because she was suffering from flu, couldn't move and next to her was her dead husband".
Young children and the elderly are especially at risk of becoming ill, and it is still not too late to get a flu shot to protect against sickness.
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Those anxious about the flu or feel that might be at risk, should speak with their doctor about getting the flu shot or other preventative measures. So, you know the deal - wash your hands, cover your cough (preferably not with your hand), and stay home if you're sick.
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