Friday, 22 March, 2019

Flu Cases On The Rise, 11 Pediatric Deaths Already Reported

Flu deaths total up to 10 in North Carolina Number Of Flu Cases May Peak Soon In Colorado
Anna Jefferson | 30 December, 2018, 07:40

Last flu season was the county's worst in almost 20 years of collecting data, with 342 residents succumbing to flu complications.

Officials say the number of people hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed flu was 363 this past week, a 41 percent increase over the previous week.

The agency released its flu activity report Friday. According to the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Michigan is lagging behind many other states in residents getting their flu shots. But the most important step to stop seasonal flu, according to the CDC, is for everyone 6 months or older to get vaccinated.

Cyber-attack disrupts printing of major U.S. newspapers
A suspected malware attack prevented distribution of the Saturday edition of the Los Angeles Times to many subscribers. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security told Reuters they are investigating the attack.

Japan Embraces Commercial Whaling, Pulls Out Of Global Alliance That Banned It
Japan stopped for a year but resumed with a new "research program" that it claimed was according to Court's directions. With this move, Japan will be able to freely hunt species now protected by the IWC, like minke whales.

Boxing Day sales: In-store shoppers DROPS despite huge midnight queues
Though not almost at the same level as Christmas or even Thanksgiving, Boxing Day does get its pop cultural representation. Boxing Day still remains a key shopping day, with twice as much money spent on this day past year than Black Friday .

- As flu activity increases around the country, cases of influenza in NY have spiked in the last week, according to the governor's office. For adults ages 18 years and older, flu vaccination rates rose from 38.5% to 44.9%. Over the last three seasons, there have been 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths in NY and an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations. During this period, there have been 1,305 influenza-related hospitalizations reported, and one influenza-associated pediatric death. Among the four states along the southern USA border, flu activity increased to high in New Mexico and moderate in Arizona, the CDC noted.

Last week, State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared that influenza is prevalent in New York State. That's up from a week earlier when only six states, including NY, had seen widespread activity.

Hand-washing, staying away from sick people and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help prevent the flu.

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