In December 2016, only 15 cases of the flu were reported in Hays County, according to a press release. There also has been a mix of respiratory and gastro outbreaks reported at one long-term care facility and two retirement homes.
An "unusual" flu season that has already caused a few deaths and several hospitalizations is about to peak across Canada over the next few weeks, or even sooner, experts say.
"It's safe to say that we are now experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that", said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. "The Ministry of Health has done a lot of initiatives to be prepared".
The flu bug hasn't left out the Beatrice area.
"This is certainly the busiest we have been as a hospital in terms of flu cases", said Dr. Bernard Camins.
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Children under the age of 18 should not visit the hospital. Doctors also say there is still time to get a flu shot if you haven't already.
There is a mix of two primary strains making people sick this season.
Rodriguez said this year's strain has a much more H3N2 influenza than H1N1 influenza.
She added that typically, Influenza A is much more hard to experience than Influenza B.
Ohio's Department of Health said Wednesday that a 1-year-old from Lucas County has died.
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Over the past week, the city's seasonal influenza activity has risen and has exceeded the baseline level, according to the CHP.
The majority of influenza detections continue to be H3N2, although the proportion of detections that are influenza B has been increasing steadily, says the report.
There have been reports that the shot is not as effective this year, but public health officials tracking the vaccine's effectiveness believe it may be better than the model being used in Australia, where it was only 10 percent effective, KRMC's Williams said.
She's seen a recent spike in cases with 170 reports of influenza in the county through December 23, a 45-percent increase from a year ago. "Unfortunately, we are reminded that the effects from this illness can be very serious".
Waterman said protective masks are available at health care offices as well as at kiosks throughout the hospital to be worn by people coming to the medical campus for appointments who have symptoms.
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