Officials in DE warn: the flu is not over yet

It's Time To Think About Your Flu Vaccine

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the recent deaths involved a Sussex County man and two Kent County women.

This was more than three times higher than the five year average, with 745 people dying in the most serious cases.

Each flu season, the World Health Organization determines which strains of the virus pose the most risk and name them after the cities where they originated.

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"If you consider that flu-related complications result in the death of between 6‚000 to 11‚000 South Africans every year‚ and thousands of economically productive hours are lost as a result of the illness‚ we would argue that every flu season is severe‚ particularly for those who are more at risk‚" he said in a statement.

To accommodate the large turnover they received last year, Chemist Warehouse added an additional flu clinic this year at their North Rockhampton in Aquatic Place.

At this point, it appears the local flu season has peaked and now is waning, said Dr. Amy Person, health officer of the Benton-Franklin Health District.

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Vincent said the H3N2 influenza virus strain had proved to be particularly virulent in the U.S. this year and the particular strain had been strongly associated with complications such as pneumonia. All three of the latest DE deaths were related to influenza B. However, it also said that in DE the virus was spreading in a wide geographic area.

The 20 people who died of flu in the Tri-Cities this season all were at higher risk due to their age or underlying health issues. By this measure, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had regional flu activity. Pennsylvania has also reported 209 adult flu-related deaths. It takes two weeks for the shot to take full effect.

"The influenza vaccine is still considered by healthcare authorities the world over, including our National Institute of Communicable Diseases [NICD], to offer individuals and communities the best protection available against influenza". She said it's still a good idea to get vaccinated, even this late in the season.

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