Dr Kevin Kelleher, HSE Assistant National Director for Public Health, told Independent.ie that two people were confirmed to have died as a result of the virus while two more deaths are expected to have occurred as a result of it.
On Friday, Iowa recorded its first flu-related death of the season. October through May, the division provides weekly updates and the chart shows that, for the past two flu seasons, North Carolina outpatient visits rise for people with influenza-related illnesses. Right now, the hospitalization rate is still relatively low compared with a year ago, and deaths are still below epidemic levels, she said.
Flu season is hitting many states across the country and health officials are starting to see widespread activity.
If it seems like you know a lot of people who've come down with the flu lately, you're on to something. That's compared to 90 reported cases this time a year ago. The main flu strain now circulating is the Influenza A/H1N1.
More than half of reported cases affected children, according to the state's most recent influenza update. He said the virus would continue to spread widely in the coming weeks. "That's probably because compared to past year, we already know in both Iowa and nationally, we've had more people take the vaccine".
Calgary also saw around 500 more cases of influenza in mid-December compared with a year earlier.
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The state department of health is tracking the flu this year. By that season's end, the state logged more than 6,400 hospitalizations, along with 435 deaths.
"Less than 1 in 3 people in Wisconsin have received influenza vaccines".
With the news, the health unit is reminding residents it's not too late to get a flu shot.
Healthcare workers are also advised to avail of the vaccine in order to protect both themselves and those that they care for.
The sooner you get the flu vaccine, the better.
So far in Minnesota's 2018-19 flu season, there have been 116 hospitalizations and four deaths in total.