Currently, this flu season is reported to be at week 11 having started early with the potential to last longer.
All were at higher risk because of advanced age and/or underlying health issues. Two of those deaths were children, and most were elderly people.
A nasty flu season may be peaking in Kitsap.
Bedford saw a 41 percent jump in new cases to 61 for last week, bringing the season total to 156.
"We're probably about at the peak now, hopefully", Turner said at a health board meeting Tuesday.
What is clear is that the Tri-Cities has been hit hard, with a high number of flu cases and deaths. "The FDA is carefully monitoring the situation and we will provide updates as needed", Gottlieb said.
It is not too late in the season to get a flu shot. Epidemiologists in Spokane said the deaths are largely among those older than 65, unvaccinated, or with other health complications. The CDC estimates there are tens of thousands of deaths each year from flu and pneumonia.
There is still plenty of flu vaccine available.
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The Tennessee Department of Health reported that seven people have died from the flu in the state. "That is why it's important that people continue getting vaccinated and taking other preventive measures".
"This season continues to surprise us", Haselow said.
"There's some talk of the vaccine being less effective this year". I watched as many of my friends who got their flu shots annually would still end up sick somehow and be quarantined from the world by their parents. And if we wait for the next pandemic, or depend entirely on the profit motivations of the pharmaceutical industry for protection, the carnage could be unlike anything we've seen for a century.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing to help prevent the spread of the flu. The cold and flu also share some symptoms, such as headaches, potentially a sore throat, fatigue or weakness, and aches and pains. There isn't much profit in a drug people take once or twice. The main objective is to reduce the number of severe flu illnesses that require hospitalization.
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"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness", said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director.
In Yakima County, most of those who died were older than 40 and had compromised immune systems, Sixberry said.
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