The flu is now spreading throughout the United States, health officials said Friday.
Calgarians may be sneezing a bit less frequently in this new year but a public health doctor wants you to remember that flu season isn't over yet. And activity is "starting to increase" in this season, Schultz said. "That's probably because compared to a year ago, we already know in both Iowa and nationally, we've had more people take the vaccine".
"There's a lot of things that might be going on, so the strain that's been circulating is one potential issue".
In 1918, H1N1 flu killed 50 million people around the world.
Officials say six of those cases were in brown county, one in Winnebago County, three in Outagamie County and two in the city of Appleton. Most people will recover from influenza infection within a week to 10 days, but some are at greater risk of developing more severe complications such as pneumonia. When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died. "At this point, most flu activity has been driven by illness in school-age children, and hospitalization rates among children younger than five years old are now the highest among all age groups".
"We activate our Visitor Limitation Policy for the health and safety of our patients", said Kathy Guyette, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and President of Regional Member Hospitals.
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"The numbers that we're seeing right now we would normally see at the end of January", she said. At this time last season, there were 12 adult deaths.
This year, the majority of flu vaccines being offered in the community protect against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B, the release said. "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks".
"Anybody who hasn't been vaccinated should go and get vaccinated", she said.
Developing on the health beat: The flu is ramping up in MI.
If you haven't yet, the good news is they say it's not too late.
The best advice from public health managers is to get a flu shot, after that they say basic hygiene and staying away from sick people can help you stay healthy.