Flu deaths on the rise in Idaho

The 9 new pediatric flu deaths lift the season's total to 29. 11 more deaths are in the process of verification as influenza-caused.

Overall deaths from pneumonia and flu were at 7.8%, keeping the level above the epidemic threshold of 7.5% for this point in the flu season.

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"Since the first of the year, we´ve seen 32 flu related hospitalizations in Dane County, and it probably won´t be too long before we start seeing even more cases".

The eight new deaths were reported between February 5 and February 11, bringing the total to 32 deaths for the season, which began officially on October 2 previous year, according to the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of all influenza A (H3) viruses evaluated from across the country, nearly 97% matched the influenza A (H3) strain found in this year's vaccines. Available vaccines are formulated differently each year-based on the strains of flu that are expected to circulate. The Shelby County Health Department also wants to remind people to wash their hands often and stay home if they are feeling sick to limit the spread of the flu.

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The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting an uptick in deaths due to influenza compared to past year.

People who are at a higher risk for complications from the flu are especially encouraged to get their flu shot.

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