Flu Cases On The Rise In Massachusetts, Connecticut

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Health officials say the number of flu deaths and hospitalizations across the state is on the rise.

Doctors and hospitals reported nine deaths associated with the flu to public health officials last week, but two of those deaths were from the week before, according to state data.

In its weekly FluView report, released Friday, noted that the bug has resulted in approximately 87,000 hospitalizations and led to 4,800 deaths.

There have been 54 confirmed flu-related deaths statewide so far this season, which runs from October through May, according to a California Department of Public Health report.

Public Health officials in MA and CT say flu activity is ramping up.

The flu virus is now "widespread" in MI, according to the MDHHS website, and public health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated.

Peak flu season is not until late January or early February, so the health department has urged residents to get vaccinated.

Dr. Amanda Carlson of SSM Dean Health Group specializes in infectious diseases and said the flu this season should have people on "high alert".

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Rice says in Tulsa County, 157 people have been hospitalized since September, and four people have died from the flu. Whereas we normally start to see an increase in late November, as Niagara did in the 2018-19 flu season, the spike didn't happen this time around until over the Christmas holidays.

Early treatment with an antiviral drug can also help prevent flu infections from becoming more serious.

A successful "universal" flu shot would eliminate this need for a newly developed flu shot every season and would protect people against every strand of the virus, researchers say.

Generally, Influenza B remained the predominant strain in most parts of the U.S.

The greatest concentration of flu deaths has been in Pierce County, where five deaths have been reported.

Influenza is contagious and can spread by droplets from infected people when they talk, cough or sneeze, according to the SWUPHD.

Charles Duncan covers what's happening right now across North and SC, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region.

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