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The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 650,000 people worldwide die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year.

According to Massachusetts Department of Health influenza report for january 17, influenza severity is moderate in the commonwealth with overall influenza-like illness activity high in terms of visits to outpatient providers.

Shahab said people showing flu-like symptoms should avoid visiting loved ones in hospital or long-term care facilities.

The flu season is far from over, but a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that this season's flu vaccine mainly affecting children is only 58%.

For the year, the death toll from the flu in North Carolina is at 33 after 15 weeks of the 2019-2020 flu season, compared to 23 at the same time last season. "The fact that more parents are taking their children to get vaccinated I think is going to have a protective effect". Moreover, it might be possible to identify ILI rates on a daily, instead of weekly, basis, providing even more timely surveillance, they add.

In 2018 and 2019, 3,506 people were hospitalized with influenza-associated illness in CT and 88 people died. It was unclear where the child lived.

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Along with getting vaccinated, the CDC recommends avoiding sick people, washing your hands, staying away from people if you are sick and taking the proper medications to treat the flu.

Saskatchewan brought in a record number of flu vaccines this year with 436,000 doses ordered, and Shahab said there was a 15 per cent increase in people getting their flu shot from last year. For those who choose to go with the injectable, there are two options.

Both type A and type B influenza strains have been confirmed this season.

"Responding more quickly to influenza outbreaks can prevent further spread and infection, and we were curious to see if sensor data could improve real-time surveillance", said Jennifer Radin, who co-led that study at the U.S. Scripps Research Translational Institute.

The nasal spray, FluMist, uses live, weakened viruses which are meant to teach the body to recognize and ward off flu strains if you become infected. "People think that we know how many people have the flu".

Everyone at least 6 months old should get the shot with "rare exceptions", the CDC says.